I am incredibly interested in the commonality of challenge faced by teachers. Regardless of context we face many of the same problems. Sure, there are the context specific elements that make your problem unique but largely they can be qualified together. As part of a curiosity experiment I threw out a tweet on Twitter a while back asking for educators to list the greatest challenge that teachers faced in the classroom.
I then compiled the tweets in a Google form and sent out the following tweet.
40 fantastic people completed the quiz and so thank you to those people. While the total number of people who completed the quiz isn’t large, it does paint a really interesting picture. A total of nineteen challenges was listed and below is an ordered list from the largest perceived priority to the smallest. The number one listed challenge was quality teaching time with students.
Now each of these challenges does require unpacking as there can only be so much that can be relayed in 140 characters and so I’m spending time trying to articulate the real problem. I have many questions. Is it time in total that places pressure on teachers? Is it curriculum pressures? The word quality needs unpacking as it is fairly ambiguous. All those questions aside, the lowest score it rated was a three so there is something to this challenge. As for second place, reaching all students and differentiating was listed as the next greatest challenge for teachers.
The interesting element about this challenge was that it was definitely a high priority but not the highest for many people. I wonder why. In third place we had time for curriculum development.
Time is a common thread between the top three challenges. I have spent a fair amount of time working with staff at my school to unpack time as a challenge for educators. My question is whether or not the real challenge is value and not time. If we value something enough, we give it time. If we feel that our time, which is valuable is being utilised in poor ways through the direction of others, we make a choice to pull back our investment. While I can’t speak to any of the contexts above, I am intrigued by the challenge of time for teachers. The following challenges are listed in their order.
I have attached a link below to a compilation of the challenges and I have created another survey link that I would love your feedback on. It is the same survey but a different collector and I have added another box so that people can add their own other challenge.
Click here to access the ordered challenge list.
Click here to access a survey link to have your say or fill out the form directly below.
As always comments and thoughts welcome.