How To Support A Struggling Teacher

Written by Dan

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As a teacher in today’s educational environment, it can be easy to become overwhelmed and feel like you are struggling. Having the proper support system is essential to help teachers needing assistance. Knowing how to address and support a struggling teacher can make all the difference when they don’t know where else to turn.

This article will explore strategies for supporting struggling teachers, understand their needs, and identify ways school administrators can assist them. Supporting each other through difficult times is not only essential for our individual growth but also benefits the entire teaching profession as a whole.

Related: For more, check out our article on How To Support Teacher Well-Being  here.

Show Your Appreciation For The Teacher’s Efforts

Showing your appreciation to a frustrated teacher can do wonders! Teachers, who often believe they are not adequately supported by their administration or colleagues, must be reminded that their efforts and hard work are noticed. Acknowledging their workload, personalities, and ideas allow educators to feel appreciated for all the hard work they invest in themselves and their students.

Doing this encourages teachers to feel like their contributions matter—that they have value and a say in the outcome of their classrooms, and ultimately, helps them flourish as educators within the learning environment created for them.

Find Out Teachers Needs

Supporting a struggling teacher can be a challenging but rewarding task. Asking the teacher about their individual needs is a great starting point. It shows that you have taken the time to recognize their struggles and are genuinely invested in helping them find solutions.

Engaging in a conversation with the teacher can help them feel supported while also allowing them to recognise any potential issues they may have.

Also, consider offering any resources or assistance that might be available – this could include anything from providing extra materials for their classroom to giving them access to professional development or coaching.

Being able to provide these kinds of tangible solutions demonstrates your understanding and commitment towards supporting them in achieving their goals as an educator.

Encourage Teachers To Take Time For Themselves

It is important to encourage teachers to take time for themselves, such as taking a break to recharge. Teachers can feel overwhelmed and exhausted without taking occasional work breaks. Taking a breather can help reduce stress, build resilience and maintain balance.

Letting a teacher know that it’s ok not to be constantly bogged down with work will give them a much-needed feeling of acceptance and support. Remember that even if a teacher seems to be struggling in one area, they are still doing incredible work for our children – so keep encouraging them to take time for themselves and show them how much their strenuous efforts are appreciated.

Suggest Using Technology As A Support Tool

Supporting a struggling teacher doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. By exploring the use of technology, such as online platforms, apps and software programs, tasks can be automated and communications streamlined.

Whether it is finding subject-specific resources or keeping a classroom organized, there are readily available tools, both free and subscription-based, that can help relieve stress and make learning more enjoyable for everyone. For those new to technology, tutorials are available to help even the least tech-savvy person use these platforms confidently.

Offer Suggestions On Ways To Make Teaching Easier.

Supporting a struggling teacher can be challenging, but plenty of ideas are out there to help make teaching easier and engage students! One suggestion is to provide creative activities that allow students to practice their skills differently.

For example, if students are learning a new math concept, offer them chances to practice with movement activities or element hunts. If the teacher is teaching a language lesson, introducing an interactive game can be helpful for reinforcement. To make any subject more engaging, adding technology into lessons is always a great way to keep students interested and enhance the learning experience.

Incorporating tech tools like apps and videos can open up fun possibilities for activities while also supporting student learning. With so many options, it’s easy to find something that works for any subject and offers innovative ways to help reach all learners in the classroom.

Promote Collaboration Among Teachers

Creating a sense of community among teachers is integral to supporting struggling educators. Encouraging collaboration between teachers allows them to benefit from the collective knowledge and experience of those around them. Teachers can share their successes and failures in the classroom by coming together, creating an invaluable resource that all teachers can utilize.

As a result, this promotes healthy competition and fosters an ongoing relationship with colleagues within a collaborative environment. Although individual success is also essential for personal and professional growth, having a supportive network provides vital assistance when teachers experience difficulties.

Together, we can create a sense of solidarity amongst educators that helps fuel growth amongst each other and our students into the future.

Supporting a struggling teacher is not easy, but it can be done if we collaborate and work proactively. Taking the time to appreciate what our teachers do for us, provide resources for their needs, encourage breaks and self-care, promote technology as a support tool, suggest ways to ease teaching, and advocate for collaboration are all decisive steps we can take to help teachers succeed.

Through our combined efforts of gratitude, understanding and guidance, all of us can ensure that our educators have the tools they need to teach children and nurture their growth successfully. Together we can create stronger learning communities!

Teacher Well-Being Resources

  1. Teacher Wellbeing : – This website provides resources and tips for improving teachers’ mental health and well-being.
  2. Edutopia: – Edutopia is a comprehensive resource for educators, including articles, videos, and other materials on teacher wellness.
  3. Teach Well Alliance: – The Teach Well Alliance offers training and support to schools and teachers to promote their well-being and reduce stress in the workplace.
  4. National Education Association (NEA): – The NEA provides articles and resources on various topics related to teacher wellness, including physical health, mental health, and work-life balance.
  5. Teach For America: – Teach For America’s wellness page offers resources to help teachers prioritize self-care, manage stress, and maintain balance in their personal and professional lives.


Q: What are some common challenges teachers face in maintaining their well-being?

A: Teachers face challenges impacting their well-being, including high workload demands, lack of resources or support, challenging student behaviours or classroom dynamics, and pressure to meet academic standards.

Q: How can teachers prioritize their well-being while still meeting the demands of their job?

A: There are many strategies that teachers can use to prioritize their well-being, including setting boundaries around work hours and responsibilities, practising self-care activities such as exercise or mindfulness meditation, seeking out social support from colleagues or friends/family outside of work, and engaging in ongoing professional development to improve skills and knowledge.

Q: Are any resources available specifically for teachers who want to improve their well-being?

A: Yes! Many resources are available, including online articles and blogs on topics related to teacher wellness, professional development workshops or courses focused on improving educator self-care practices, and peer mentoring programs where teachers can connect with colleagues for support and guidance.

About The Author

I'm Dan Higgins, one of the faces behind The Teaching Couple. With 15 years in the education sector and a decade as a teacher, I've witnessed the highs and lows of school life. Over the years, my passion for supporting fellow teachers and making school more bearable has grown. The Teaching Couple is my platform to share strategies, tips, and insights from my journey. Together, we can shape a better school experience for all.






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