If you know me, you know that my passion is supporting teacher health through joining together as a community to discuss issues and take action to protect our national treasure, our teachers. Violence toward teachers has reached epidemic proportions, and in 2012, about 95% of teachers in the US experienced a violent act perpetrated by a student (Espelege et al., 2013).
You may be wondering how this impacts your health. Raise your hand if you are reading this, and you are a teacher, you know someone who is a teacher, your child has a teacher, you had a teacher sometime in your life. Hmmm, I see that everyone has a hand raised. Teachers raise the children of our society that they see 170 to 180 days each year, 8 hours each day for five days each week, and for 18 years of their lives. How many of you learned a valuable lesson from a teacher? OK, I see all hands are up again. How many of you care about a teacher? Teachers are in crisis. Maybe not every moment of the day but perhaps many moments in a day.
If you know a teacher, care about a teacher, have a child that has a teacher, or care about the education of our society, please reach out to them today and direct them to www.daily4ahealthylife.com or Genius Breaks website to get help in learning self-care methods for a healthier life.
Espelage, D., Anderman, E. M., Evanell Brown, V., Jones, A., Lane, K. L., McMahon, S. D., Reddy, L. A., & Reynolds, C. R. (2013). Understanding and Preventing Violence Directed Against Teachers: Recommendations for a National Research, Practice, and Policy Agenda. American Psychologist, 68(2), 75-87. doi:10.1037/a00301307