Friday, September 03, 2010

What makes a happy teacher?

Researchers at the University of Kent have been looking into what makes a happy teacher. They surveyed 197 of them twice over a three-month period and found that those with career aspirations and a goal to learn were happier than those facing unrealistic standards. Teachers who set high performance standards for themselves had higher levels of wellbeing and those who had a goal of advancing their professional development had higher levels of mental energy and were more committed to their work than those whose goal was to outperform their colleagues. However, teachers who felt that other people demanded more from them than they were capable of giving had higher levels of stress, stress-related ill health and burnout and lower levels of wellbeing.

You can find out more about this research by clicking on the title of this post.

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