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Teacher Motivation and Student Well-Being

When teachers are discouraged and disgruntled and when they feel isolated, unsupported, and unmotivated, children and youth suffer. Unmotivated teachers are not likely to spend more than the minimum amount of time on teaching-related activities. If these teachers experience negative behavior from colleagues or community members, their professional dissatisfaction may lead to a tendency to try to retaliate against their students. Teachers may target children or youth with a rough and uncaring manner. Likewise, these teachers might exhibit an “I don‘t care” attitude toward their duties.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

Building on the earlier discussion of the teacher motivation issues in your context, now consider how motivation issues impact teachers‘ capacity to promote student well-being through their everyday interactions in the classroom. What has been the effect on the learning experiences of children and/or youth?