EQ: What role does professional satisfaction play in the effectiveness of a classroom?
As all things in life, we achieve a sense of satisfaction when we complete a job that we give one hundred percent. When we commit ourselves to hard work and thoroughness, our pride is shown in the details of our work. I think that this is so true for classrooms. When we prepare classroom lesson plans according to our student audience, we feel the sense of satisfaction for the job well done.
I decided to become a teacher because I think that I am good with helping people learn and I do want to give back to my community. I know my vision is well shared among my peers. I understand the challenges that can arise and also the rewards that come with the job. The feeling of pride and satisfaction that is achieved when we see our students mastering a difficult task is how I see my calling.
Richmond discusses the current issues of the declining teacher with professional job satisfaction.
“Conducted annually since 1984, the survey polled representative sampling of 1,000 teachers and 500 principals in K-12 schools across the country. Only 39 percent of teachers described themselves as very satisfied with their jobs on the latest survey. That’s a 23-percentage point plummet since 2008, and a drop of five percentage points just over the past year. Factors contributing to lower job satisfaction included working in schools where the budgets, opportunities for professional development, and time for collaboration with colleagues have all been sent to the chopping block.”
Passion is something that I think is easily seen in a motivated teacher. Her classroom is also motivated. Her teaching style shows the effectiveness of teachings. Her students are eager to learn and engaged. The flip side is a stagnant teacher that is discouraged by regulations and other negative influences to only meet the standards. This type of teacher feels no satisfaction or pride in her work. She is merely there to fill a school position and her ineffectiveness is easily seen. There are probably many factors as Richmond suggests to the decline of teacher job satisfaction such as low wages, the demand for a large number of students, standardized testing and lack of hours in the work day to create quality lesson plans for students.
I do want to report most of my teacher friends love their jobs. It does require long hours and self-funding for classrooms and supplies. However, I have never heard one of them tell me it’s not worth it. They love their students and have job satisfaction.
Burgess, Dave. Teach Like a PIRATE: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator. Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc
Richmond, Emily. (2013, Feb 21). Teacher Job Satisfaction Hits 25-Year Low. Retrieved on Jan 27, 2017 from: http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/02/teacher-job-satisfaction-hits-25-year-low/273383/
Bishay, Andre. (Fall 1996). Teacher Motivation and Job Satisfaction – Harvard Computer Society. Retrieved on Jan 27, 2017 from: https://www.hcs.harvard.edu/~jus/0303/bishay.pdf