University of Natural Science and Humanities (POLAND)
About this paper:
Appears in: ICERI2013 Proceedings
Publication year: 2013
Pages: 5414-5421
ISBN: 978-84-616-3847-5
ISSN: 2340-1095
Conference name: 6th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 18-20 November, 2013
Location: Seville, Spain
We are constantly under stress in our daily lives and we want to avoid it at any cost. But on the other hand, if there was no stress, there wouldn’t be the stimuli, commitment to various tasks without conflicts with other people. Working at nursery school means most of all working with a child – curious about the world, sensitive, who objects to the established norms, rules, who manifests his anger, dissatisfaction. At the nursery school the teacher confronts his knowledge and abilities with the child’s personality, his parents, with other teachers and his headmaster. That is a difficult situation.

According to experts the teachers are exposed to stress the same as firefighters who go to the fire and just like actors who perform on the stage at the theatre. The only difference is the intensity of it. When it comes to firefighters they feel the stress before and during the action whereas teachers are affected by it all the time. It is because the teacher has deep emotional bonds with children and high level of empathy. The nursery school teacher goes through the problems of his group of pupils and deeply experiences any success or failure.

The teacher’s profession also isn’t similar to the actor’s profession because there is no dress rehearsal and every activity is just like a performance live without the chance to repeat it or have a hint from a prompter. The stressed out teachers still struggles against difficult children or parents who frequently hold grudges against them. Difficult children are not just those who misbehave but also those who ask troublesome questions that the teacher sometimes does not know the answer or solution. On the other hand the parents, who are still in a hurry and are very busy with their career often try to shift the responsibility of bringing up their children onto teachers. They are ready to blame teachers whenever the opportunity arises and they take too much for granted. The amount of stress that teachers experience badly influences their health. They have problems with high pressure, insomnia an often go stale.

In the article there was presented the problem of stress connected with the given profession in the light of the research carried out among nursery school teachers in Siedlce, Poland.
Stress, kindergarden, teacher, profession.