Did you know that teachers…

  • Teachers respect parents who value education, understand where their child is academically and support what the teacher does.
  • Nearly 60% of teachers have a postgraduate degree—in order to advance their careers, additional education usually is required. And unlike training in the corporate world, this is done on the teachers’ own time (and often on their own dime).
  • Teachers do not become teachers because they are not smart enough to do anything else. Instead, they become teachers because they want to make a difference in shaping young peoples’ lives.
  • Teachers do not just work from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. with summers off.
  • Teachers would love to see classroom sizes capped at 15 to 20 students.
  • Approximately 92.4% of teachers spend their own money on their students or classrooms.
  • Teachers do have favorites. They may not come out and say it, but there are those students, for whatever reason, with whom they have a natural connection.
  • Teachers dislike it when the media focuses on the minority of teachers who make mistakes, instead of on the majority who consistently show up and do their jobs on a daily basis.
  • A University of Pennsylvania study found that 33% of teachers leave within the first three years of beginning their careers and 46% leave within the first five. The numbers have been increasing since the late 1980s.
  • Teachers are real people. They have lives outside of school. They have terrible days and good days. They make mistakes.
  • Teachers love students who come to class every day with a good attitude and genuinely want to learn.
  • Teachers appreciate being appreciated. They love it when students or parents do something unexpected to show their appreciation.
  • Most arrive early, stay late and take papers home to grade.
  • The vast majority of teachers are women. The fact that many teachers are women probably isn’t a surprise, but the percentage might be larger than you think: It’s nearly 77%. And more than 54% of principals are women, too.
  • Summers are spent preparing for the next year and at professional development opportunities.
  • The most common reason a person leaves teaching is the low salary.
  • Teachers are creative and original. No two teachers do things exactly alike.
  • Teachers do not always get along with each other.
  • Teachers are compassionate and sympathetic when a student has a tragic experience.
  • The top five high-paying states for public school teachers in 2013 were New York ($75, 279), Massachusetts ($73,129), District of Columbia, Connecticut ($69,766), and California ($69,324).
  • The bottom five states that paid public teachers the least in 2013 were South Dakota ($39,580), Mississippi ($41,994), Oklahoma ($44,128), North Carolina ($45,947), and West Virginia ($46,405).
  • Christa McAuliffe would have been the first teacher in space. Tragically, McAuliffe and six other crewmembers were killed in the space shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.
  • Even on your worst days, you are going to think critically and promote justice and transform the teaching practice.
  • At least 20% of public school teachers report having second jobs outside of the field of education.
  • Teachers note that kids dish on their parents’ secrets all the time, including money problems, religion, politics, and even their dad’s vasectomy.
  • In the United States, surveys reveal that teachers are second only to military personal as the occupation that contributes most to society’s well-being.
  • Growing stress is pushing teachers out of the profession
  • Researchers note a teacher should be compared to those of other high stress jobs, such as air-traffic controllers, firefighters, or pilots.
  • Teachers make 14% less than people in other professions that require similar levels of education.[
  • On average, teachers work an average of 10 hours per day and 52 hours per week.
  • Teacher retirements have always represented only a small portion of all those leaving teaching, less than a third in recent years. For all departures of teachers from schools (both going from one school to another and leaving teaching altogether), retirement is only about 14% of the total outflow.

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