Evidence That It Works
Studies show that cultivating social and emotional skills, such as boundary setting, can help lessen burnout and turnover and increase job satisfaction in both teachers and principals. In addition, these skills also help improve relationships with students, leading to higher academic achievement.
Why Does It Matter?
Establishing respectful boundaries is an essential part of an educator’s teaching practice and for their own self-care. In teaching, boundaries help teachers to 1) compassionately express their authority, 2) take responsibility for themselves and their classrooms, 3) clearly define and communicate their limits, and 4) maintain caring relationships in the midst of conflict or challenge.
For their own self-care, maintaining clear boundaries between work and life is critical for teachers’ well-being. One of the most challenging aspects of teaching is learning how to leave work life at school so one’s personal life is not consumed by the complexities of the profession.
Many teachers struggle with the emotional burden of their teaching lives—especially because teaching involves so many personal relationships and interactions with students, colleagues, and families. When we develop healthy habits to help leave the concerns of the workday behind, we foster clearer boundaries between our work and personal life.