With the school year back in full swing, teachers across the country are returning back to, what will look like, a very different classroom thanks to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
While some of the country’s biggest school districts such as Los Angeles and Chicago are starting off the school year virtually, most schools are reopening their brick-and-mortar classrooms with a combination of in-person and virtual learning – and that decision has led educators grappling with how to balance their health and career.
According to a new survey conducted by Teachers Pay Teachers, Yahoo Finance reports 47 percent of educators have considered “making a job-related change in the last month including taking a leave of absence, retiring, changing their career, or teaching a pod. Seventeen percent of teachers contemplated pivoting professions entirely.”
According to Yahoo Finance, 38 percent of teachers surveyed feel they can provide effective instruction in their district’s current learning model, with that teach face-to-face feeling the most confident. The survey found that while 57 percent of educators teaching in-person felt good about the upcoming school year, only 31 percent of those teaching virtually felt optimistic. The number was even lower for teachers having to tackle a hybrid in-person/remote classroom, with only 26 percent feeling good about the 2020/2021 school year.