Common Challenges Faced By Preschool Teachers
Teachers are the most important part of our society. Teachers are the makers, guiders and knowledge providers. A child always thinks a ‘Teacher’ next to a ‘Mother’.
· Payment issues- They are the least paid in our society. In a simple format if I can explain- you cannot run a household of 4 people with a teacher’s salary. In our country, teaching profession is mainly associated with lady teachers. We see very few men teachers in our day to day life.
· Kids- Managing a room full of young children can be delightful, but it can also be hard and can drain a lot of your energy. The day-to-day challenges you will face can range from dealing with mood swings, crying and cranky children. At times, kids are not well so teachers have to be extra careful.
· Parents- Each and every day, you will have to deal with parents, some of whom may be quite demanding. It can be difficult to manage parent requests, questions and complaints as they drop off or pick up their child. Many parents common question is ‘What did my child do in school today?’ At times, you may have other things on your mind, like the day’s lesson plan or planning for the next day.
· Paperwork- On top of keeping an eye on children and managing your relationships with parents, you also have piles of paperwork to handle on a daily basis – attendance, records of children’s activities, lesson planning, meal planning and more. The average preschool educator spends at least 45 minutes to an hour per day on documentation.
· Lack of Recognition- Teachers play a huge role during the most important time of a child’s life. 90% of a child’s brain development happens by the age of 5 years. A teacher feels under-valued, despite the fact that you are contributing to a huge extent to the society. Kids are our next generation so their well-being and development is the teachers prime responsibility. Kids are our assets of tomorrow.
· Lack of Development Resources- You may feel that there aren’t many resources available to you to help with your personal and professional development as a preschool teacher. Your time is so occupied with simply managing the children of the school. Lot of work needs to be done manually. Due to financial issues, lot of
preschools are not automated so day to day entries become cumbersome for the teachers.
· Lack of Upward mobility- Often, there isn’t a lot of opportunity for upward movement in your position. If you are the type of person looking for new challenges all the time, you may find yourself getting “stuck” with limited options and no room to grow.
These are the few of the common challenges which the today’s teachers face.