Teaching is a rewarding profession. The impact that a teacher has on a student can frame their whole life. Most of us can recount a time where a teacher went above and beyond for us and when they did not. Teaching isn’t easy, it isn’t short days and extra holidays like most of us believe – it is long days and can be fraught with challenges.
Let’s take a look at some issues teachers face.
Disruption isn’t just from noisy students – there are both external and internal issues that can disrupt a teaching day.
External distractions are distractions that occur outside of the school environment that impact on the school day. We each do our best to focus on the task and hand, but it isn’t always possible to completely block our personal lives creeping into our workday. For a student, this can be even harder as they are still learning to regulate and focus, which can lead to internal distractions.
Internal distractions can include student discipline problems, student assemblies, and noisy and uncomfortable classrooms. After each distraction, It takes time for both the teacher and student to regain focus on the task at hand.
Being a teacher is the definition of middleman! Teachers are caught between the expectations of parents and the expectations of administrators while juggling the emotions of students. Being the middleman isn’t the only concern– changing rules, students learning capacities and parent criticism all play a big part in the expectations placed on a teacher.
While many of us perceive that a teacher works at 8 am-3 pm daily and get extra holidays – this is not the case. 8 am-3 pm is when a teacher is with the student. It is after this timeframe, and on holidays that the teachers prepare the next day’s lessons, they mark assessments, clean and organise their classroom and continue their education. Finding the balance between their home life and what they need to do to excel at their job and educate their students can be a struggle for most teachers.
Students are individuals
Every student is different – each student has a unique personality, interests, abilities and needs. Some like to work individually, others in a group. Some like a teacher-centric learning environment and others excel when actively learning. Trying to establish how each child learns and create spaces in classrooms for each learning type can be difficult. If a child is struggling to learn by the existing curriculum, you will end up with internal distractions.
Time is limited
Maximising time with the students individually and as a cohort is essential. Many teachers find that there are not enough hours in the day to achieve expectations – especially if their classroom has poor acoustics. They have to spend extra time repeating themselves to ensure their young charges understand the lessons they are teaching.
Get burn out easily
From the above items, you can see why teachers get burned out quickly. Even the most dedicated and enthusiastic teacher will feel the pressure of their career at some stage. The long days, high expectations and constant distractions are some of the leading causes – however, so are poor room acoustics. Teachers are 32 times more susceptible to voice problems such as laryngitis or hoarse voice than those in similar occupations (ASHA,2011).
Avenue Interior Systems can help.
The team at Avenue Interior Systems can help you to Control Space and Sound in your classroom –reducing some stress and strain on you as a teacher. Products such as our Calando Panel and ECO Wall can be placed on walls and ceilings to make a room more acoustically comfortable. ECO Wall can also double as a pinboard – so you aren’t losing space to hang your charges beautiful artwork or learning aids.
Calando Booth can help you to make a space for yourself to mark assessments and plan the next day while reducing distractions from inside the classroom. If you are teaching remotely – it will also reduce distractions for the students on the other end of the phone or computer. Calando Booths can also be used within the classroom – for example, to create a quiet focus area for students, or to separate students during exams.
These are just three of our range of acoustic options for educational spaces. The experienced team are happy to work with you to find the right solutions for your classroom – so you don’t become one of the teachers who burn out or experience laryngitis due to excessive classroom noise.
For more information, contact the team on 1300 827 177 – we look forward to Designing Your Silence.