Teacher as Caregiver
Teachers are the adults that children spend a large chunk of their time with. They are with the children for around seven hours a day, five days a week. Because of the large amount of time spent with her students, Mrs. Johnson must also be a caregiver in her classroom. This means providing physical, emotional, and intellectual support for students in various capacities.
For example, Mrs. Johnson works with younger students. Therefore, accidents are likely to occur in the classroom, such as a child falling and getting hurt. It is then that Mrs. Johnson steps into the role as caregiver and tends to the child’s physical and emotional wounds. While there is often a school nurse on staff to fulfill this role, Mrs. Johnson is the first line of support before the nurse.
A teacher is also there to emotionally support students. Several years ago, Mrs. Johnson had a student she suspected was being bullied. She stepped into her role as caregiver and cared for the child emotionally while also handling the situation