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Everyone knows that being a teacher can be a tough gig at times.

That’s why supporting your teacher is important.

Their days are often long because their evenings are spent planning lessons and marking tests, and many have to deal with poorly disciplined pupils. What’s more, teachers are used to getting on with their work without a word of thanks. Indeed, their sheer determination and passion allow teachers to carry on helping young people achieve their dreams and support them through the formative years of their lives.

Whether you’re a student, parent, or school administrator, read on to find out how you can make teachers’ working lives less stressful and much more rewarding.

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Tips for Students

Fortunately, there are ways students can support teachers.

1. Try to empathize with their situation

While you may be intellectually aware that teachers have a tough time in the classroom, it is all too easy to forget this fact amid a long school day. Just imagine standing in front of a restless group of loud students for eight hours a day, and you may begin to understand how you can better support your teacher and make their job as enjoyable as possible.

Rather than give in to the temptation of chatting to your friends during a class or skipping parts of your homework, for example, try your best to be a model student. As well as helping your teacher, these simple actions could boost your grades. It’s a win-win situation!

2. Try and get creative with your work

If you are completing work in a creative subject such as English or art, try thinking outside the box for your next homework assignment. Marking script after script of similar work can get boring for teachers and even impact your grade. For example, taking a risk by writing about something that hasn’t been covered in class shows the originality of thought and could brighten up a long evening of marking.

3. Thank them every so often

As you approach the end of the school year, you may reflect on everything your teacher has done for you. Offering your thanks is a great way to demonstrate that you are aware of the difference their hard work makes and could help motivate them to do the same for other kids in the future. You can show your gratitude in a number of ways, from writing a heartfelt note to purchasing a beautiful bunch of flowers. If you need inspiration, check out this guide to thank your teacher.

4. Clean up after yourself

This tip may seem a little obvious, but you’d be surprised how many students expect their teachers to clean up after them. To combat this culture of laziness, take pride in the cleanliness of your desk and locker space. As well as setting a good example for other students, it will save your educators a good deal of time and stress!

Tips for Parents

Fortunately, there are ways parents can support teachers.

1. Provide funding directly

Classful is a special website that allows parents, students, and others to donate money to their teachers. The money can be used to fulfill classroom funding needs, and a little can go to the teacher as a sign of gratitude for their fantastic work. You do not need to break the bank – donate as much as possible.

2. Work with them to resolve your child’s issues

If your child is facing a particular behavioral, academic or personal issue, do not leave it up to their teacher to solve the problem. Instead, get in touch with the teacher and devise a helpful plan of action. Remember that you know your child better than anyone else and are best placed to support your teacher in coming up with solutions. Issues your child could be facing include:

  • Bullying
  • Truanting
  • An inability or refusal to reach their academic potential
  • Friendship issues
  • Mental health issues
  • Behavioral problems

Tips for administrative staff

Fortunately, there are ways the administration can support teachers.

1. Make a buddy scheme for teachers

Supporting new teachers is tricky for school administrative staff, particularly if they have just entered the profession. A buddy scheme is a good way to help the teacher through their first few months by assigning them a mentor. This mentor could be a colleague with a few years of experience and be well aware of the challenges the new teacher will likely face.

You can read up on the result of a tried and tested mentor program here.

2. Come up with a comprehensive induction program

An induction program is a professional learning scheme that helps teachers settle into life at a new school. It can include a small community of mentors prepared to share responsibilities and offer valuable advice and expertise.

3. Offer regular evaluation sessions

Every teacher likes to know how they could improve their practice, and conducting regular assessments of their work is a great way to do this. Arrange for senior teachers and staff to sit in on less experienced colleagues. The senior staff can then offer a one-to-one chat about what the teacher does well and areas they could work on.

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