“This shouldn’t be something that teachers are facing on their own as an individual. This is something that schools should be having conversations about: What are the expectations, and how are they communicating those expectations?” https://t.co/XMhjz0rWnO
— Education Week (@educationweek) August 1, 2020
Even before the pandemic, texting and school communication apps—like Remind or ClassDojo—had given students and families new ways to contact teachers 24/7. But teachers like Davis say that school closures have increased the pressure to be “always on” for students and parents, as remote instruction has blurred the boundaries between work life and home life.
Teachers want to be available to their students, to clarify their questions and calm their fears. But it’s also crucial that teachers set time aside for themselves, and that schools and districts respect—and even help create—these boundaries
Developing systems that protect teacher well-being should be a priority for schools in the fall, …, as the demands of remote learning aren’t likely to disappear.
An ‘Internal Battle’ Over Boundaries
administration set a policy that teachers didn’t have to respond to messages sent after 5 p.m. until the next day.
distributing responsibility. Grade-level teams could take turns having “on” hours