Teachers Perception of Family Priorities and Stressors

Anne Epstein

The discussion will look at assumptions made by teachers about the issues that families deal with and how a deeper understanding of the family’s struggles could foster better practices. For example, while teachers are able to predict family priorities and stressors to some degree, they also have mistaken presumptions; they believe that family issues, such as sibling rivalry, marital difficulties, single parenting, are highly stressful but families do not. Conversely, families say dealing with children’s behaviors is highly taxing but teachers did not list this as an issue for families. Participants will take a survey as part of the experience as well and Ann Epstein will share her findings once compiled and analyzed.