Between the 27th and 29th of April we asked 1,500 secondary school teachers how they felt about current events and their online teaching. Here are the results.
Some Teacher Comments:
"The inequalities in our society are more apparent now than ever"
"In the midst of all, what has been forgotten is that teaching has always involved more than just delivering a curriculum. That human interaction is vital for guiding and supporting young people; that we know our students-and can tell from their demeanour when they're not well. when they're unhappy, when they're struggling, when they don't understand and can take steps to help them"
“Teaching from home is extremely difficult and time consuming. I'm spending hours correcting work and at that not all of my students are submitting work. It enrages me when you hear comments in the media such as 'teachers are on extended holidays'. We are working more hours now then we ever have.”
“Teachers are working with their students and are determined to do the best they can for them. The media is placing a lot of stress on the education sector (students and teachers) by constant posting of speculation. This increases anxiety in students as they are unsure what is confirmed and what is rumour”
"Teachers are working hard in challenging circumstances and I feel there is not enough support for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The Leaving Certificate these students get will not reflect their ability and hard work they’ve done prior to Covid 19. Working from home is a great challenge for these students."