Posted January 20, 2022 by Mark Perna
Episode Title: The Human Connection for Teachers
Everything that students need in the way of a human connection, teachers also need. Let’s talk about it, next on The Perna Syndicate.
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You’re now in The Perna Syndicate—hello and welcome! Lately I have talked a lot about how students today will not move forward in their education and career journey without a human connection. They have to feel seen, heard, and valued by their teachers, parents, and other influential adults in their life.
But has it occurred to us that the need for human connection is not just a student need? It’s universal—and teachers aren’t exempt. Teachers need to feel a human connection as well or they will be stalled in their efforts to bring their best to the classroom every day.
Unfortunately, the events of the past two years have badly shaken the trust between teachers, administrators, and families. I’m not here to pass any kind of blame on anyone. But I do want to call all of us to start rebuilding that trust. If we don’t, we’re all going to experience the fallout.
If you’re a teacher, how much easier would your job be if you felt heard, seen, and respected? Even though the work is still hard, somehow you can do it with a better heart when you know it is recognized and valued by others.
If we’re going to do damage control and avert the worst of the staffing crisis now hitting districts nationwide, we need to uncover where trust has been compromised and commit to rebuilding it.
Teachers need a human connection with administrators and parents. Let’s show them they’re seen, heard, and valued for everything they’re doing for the next generation.
Tomorrow: the challenges in education aren’t going to be a quick fix. On the next episode of The Perna Syndicate, we’ll discuss the long-term commitment we all need to make. Until then, take care!