The Emotional Labor of Teaching

We previously did an article on teacher burnout and offered resources for you to use at your school. Today, let’s explore the concept of emotional labor, and we’ll offer some free resources that you can pass along to your staff this school year!

What is Emotional Labor?

Emotional labor is the management and excursion of emotions required to perform a job. In teaching, this can have a wide array of results such as teacher stress, alienation, joy, and job satisfaction.

Why Does Teaching Involve Emotional Labor?

It is commonly asserted that teaching involves relationships and human connections for optimum learning to occur. This can require teachers to be extremely flexible in evoking, suppress, and express a range of emotions throughout each workday.

How to Manage Emotional Labor

A recent article offered six ways to manage emotional labor:
1) Recognize What Emotional Labor Is
2) Learn Problem-Solving Techniques
3) Have Crucial Conversations
4) Remember the Rewards and Share Success Stories
5) Talk to Your Administrators
6) Take Care of Yourself

Resources for Managing Emotional Labor

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