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Teacher Well-Being and Student Well-Being

When teachers are preoccupied with worries about their own family, and feel frustrated that they cannot fulfill their family obligations, they may have little energy to expend on "other people’s" children. They are likely to be impatient, and rise to anger quickly. These teachers may even spend their lesson time telling the students about their personal difficulties instead of teaching the lessons. This is very inappropriate and unprofessional.

In Liberia, for example, when asked about the stressors in their lives, teachers expressed frustrations of not earning enough money to be able to pay the school fees required to send their own children to school. These teachers are not likely to be attentive to and aware of children’s social and emotional needs. Even if teachers are aware of students’ needs, the teachers’ own frustrations and emotional needs may get in the way of their ability to respond to children effectively – with patience, consistency, calmness and professionalism.

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

Consider if and how teacher well-being issues in your context negatively affect teachers’ capacity to promote student well-being through their everyday classroom interactions. What actions can you take to support teachers’ well-being? How might a teacher support another teacher's (a colleague's) well-being?