We really can learn a lot from teachers – and, maybe it’s time we started listening. A recently released MetLife survey reveals that teacher satisfaction across the country is at its lowest point in two decades.
Why? The survey notes that administration is putting more pressure on teachers lately, and that criticism of teachers is at an all-time high, with them often taking the brunt of the blame for everything that’s wrong with public education today.
One way that school leadership can begin to better understand the needs and concerns of their teachers and staff is through teacher surveys.
We know, there are a lot of student survey tools for teachers and educators. Plus the answers you get could be overly simple – such as “longer recesses” from grade-schoolers and “no Friday classes before noon” from university students.
While it’s safe to assume surveying students of any age will bring about some of these frivolous requests, many students take a more thoughtful approach to surveys when they’re conducted appropriately, helping educators to see what’s important in their students’ world so they can institute better plans and goals, administer funding, and more.