Australians are most grateful for their teacher’s ability to inspire, encourage and be kind.
The authors of the report — Dr Kelly Ann Allen, Christine Grove, Fiona May and Nicholas Gamble — analysed public messages that were posted during the #ThankYourTeacher campaign run by Monash Education last year.
Australian teachers feel unappreciated and at risk of burnout. Teacher workload and well-being were identified as concerns from both teachers and the public. If not addressed, these will lead to a teacher shortage in Australia.
One of the alarming findings from this study is that 71% of teachers report they don’t feel appreciated, even though 93% of Australians trust teachers to do a good job in the classroom.