What makes teachers different from other professions is that we have all had them. Every single one of us, regardless of whether you went to public school or were homeschooled, had a teacher at one point or another. We had our favorite ones but did not always get along with them. No matter what you might think of your former teachers, we are sure that you would not be the same person now without them. It is not a stretch to call them the backbone of the nation. In reality, educators are very important in the fabric of society since they shape our young minds. If you ask us, it is terrible that they do not get enough monetary compensation. We hope that things will look up for them in the near future. In the meantime, keep reading to learn fascinating facts about this occupation.
No One Way To Do It
Many people can’t say that we have ever been to a classroom that has a microphone inside. But this is what makes education so great. There is no standard way to go about it! Fun fact: the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic Books have been publishing something called “Primary Sources” since 2009. It is a survey given to thousands of teachers about issues in the field of public education today.
A Labor Of Love
The truth is that teaching is usually a labor of love from folks who love their jobs. A teacher called Ms. Tucker said, “Working with students brings a new environment every year, every day, every hour. There’s nothing better than watching the light bulb go on.” We are sure that students also love that moment when it finally hits them. And we owe this all to our teachers!
It Takes A Village
According to the Gates Primary Sources, it does not only take one person to improve the achievement of the students. It takes the collective effort of teachers to ensure that students learn. This also extends to the community and the school! After all, learning goes beyond the four walls of the classroom. There is more to it than simple grades and test scores. You know how the old saying goes: it takes a village.
A Unified Effort
There are a lot of factors that contribute to the achievement of the student. It is hard to divorce it from the quality of the curriculum, family involvement, and talent of the educators. These things all have something to do with the success of the students. It must be a unified effort to get the best results.
Standard Testing Is Not Enough
Over the years, teachers have said that there should be more ways to measure student achievement. The Gates Primary Source says that they do not believe that standardized tests are enough. They do not reflect the growth of the students. On top of that, only 45% of the student body takes them seriously. It is impossible to know how accurate it is. Less structured tests and experimental learning might help.
Other Factors To Consider
Teachers have always said that there are more contributing factors that should be considered when it comes to the evaluation of a student. The list includes performance reviews, in-class observation, and assessment of student work from peers. But there is one other teaching aspect that is hard to get right.
Getting A Full Tenure
In many states, teachers often get tenure after two to three years. Among the members of the teaching community, this period of time is too short. It is better to instead change it to five years to get full tenure. This would weed out folks who are not committed to the teaching profession for the long haul.
For The Future
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation actively collects data. They do this in the hopes of making everyone see what is being done correctly and what needs to be improved in the field of education. By doing this, it is possible to identify where we are now and how education will evolve in the future.
A Long Workday
On average, teachers work 11 hours and 25 minutes per day. This includes the required 7 hours that they spend in school, of course. However, it also includes extracurricular activities, coaching, and work accomplished at home. Just so you know, it is not easy to grade dozens of papers after hours!
A Team Effort Among Teachers
Collaboration with your colleagues is another important thing in teaching success. This will let you boost morale, discuss lesson plans, exchange ideas, and exchange emotional support with your colleagues. On top of that, it is always a good idea to have someone who understands where you are coming from.
Male And Female Teachers
Apparently, the vast majority of teachers are women. With that said, the gender division varies a lot when it comes to the grades being taught. From pre-K to 5th grade, the teachers are 91% female. From grades 9 to 12, that number goes down to 56%. In high school, the split between male and female teachers is much less. It is interesting to see that younger kids are almost exclusively taught by women!
Different Teaching Styles
But what about the average age among teachers? The answer to that is 43.7 years old. There are a lot of different ways to teach. You have the sing-song method, which came from Jack Black in School of Rock. The truth is that teachers are individuals who have their own unique teaching style.
The Alzar School
At any rate, some teaching methods are more popular than others. The Alzar School likes to focus on experiential learning and outdoor education. It must be neat that students get to spend half the term in the classroom, and the rest immersed in a different culture. To them, the only way to learn is by doing!
When it comes to little kids, outdoor education can be even more pivotal. We all learn from an early age, but we tend to do this more by absorbing what happens around us. It is a good idea to unplug and reengage with nature in this day and age. Kids will benefit from learning how to plant a garden and the like! Direct instruction is not all that bad, but education should not be limited to the classroom.
The Reason They Do It
But why do teachers keep doing it if they get long work hours and mediocre salaries? The answer is that they are passionate about the future of the kids. It takes good leadership and a talented teacher to help them learn and grow into good human beings. Aren’t you impressed that they would do such a thing?
The Chalk Board
In 1801, James Pillans invented the chalkboard. At the time, he was the headmaster of a school in Scotland. In the late 2000s, however, his invention has pretty much become obsolete. It is no longer as widely used thanks to the health complications attributed to it. The “smart board” is much safer to use.
Oldest School In The World
The University of Karueein is considered to be the oldest operating education institute on the planet. It was opened in Fez, Morocco back in 859 AD. We wonder what it must be like to study there. There must be so much knowledge, history, and traditions passed down at a school with such a history.
The Rise Of Educational Videos
A new wave of education started in 1993. This happened with the rise of the VHS! It let to the rise of educational videos that one can watch at home. The most popular one might just be Bill Nye the Science Guy. Back then, there was nothing more exciting than a teacher bringing in the VHS cart.
It Is Still Evolving
This industry continues to evolve. We are not surprised that online education has gotten more popular the more accessible the internet became. In 2011, applications such as Zoom emerged. This has allowed people to meet up for classes with the use of a webcam! We wonder what will happen after the pandemic.
Anne Sullivan And Helen Keller
Are you familiar with Anne Sullivan? As the teacher of Helen Keller, she must be one of the most famous teachers in history! Her student was a blind and deaf young girl. Anne was able to teach her a language that was communicated by feeling objects. She has since inspired a lot of teachers all over the world.
Gyms And Diversity
They say that everything is bigger in Texas, but this might be true for Indiana as well. The Hoosier state boasts 9 out of 10 of the largest high school gyms in the nation. On top of that, 45% of Californian students speak another language on top of English. It is always amazing to see diversity!
In the 1840s, people started to think that universal education was going to make better citizens, stop crime, unite people, and improve society. It was only in 1867 that the first taxpayer school was opened. We have sure come a long way since then. There are now so many public-funded schools out there!
Free Higher Education
Just so you know, there is really nothing all that revolutionary about the idea of free higher education. In fact, this is already happening in other countries right now! This is something that students in Germany, France, Sweden, Norway, and Finland all enjoy. We do not know about you, but we are jealous of them!
The Outdoors Industry
Did you know that female teachers in the outdoors industry did not exist before the 1900s? Prior to this, only boys got to teach in summer camps. On top of that, the rise of summer camps took place at around the same time. In 1900, the US only had 100 summer camps. Eighteen years later, it was over 1,000.
The Wellbeing Of Society
According to a survey, teachers come in second place when it comes to occupations that most contribute to the wellbeing of society. The only occupation above them was the military. Teaching is easily one of the noblest occupations in all of history. We have nothing but respect for teachers!
The Turnover Rate
As a whole, the United States has embraced the value of education. There has been an increase of 96% in student numbers since 1950. To go with it, there has been an increase of 252% in teaching staff. Even though it is less than the turnover for paralegals or childcare workers, teachers have an equal turnover rate as police officers. Even though they do not get a high salary, the average retirement age is still 59.
The Teaching Trend
It is interesting to see that the number of men in the profession has gone up by 26%. The number for women, on the other hand, is 52%. Even though it is different among the grades, we should see 8 female teachers out of ten by 2050 if the trend continues to go like this.
Education Knows No Bounds
Teaching must be one of the oldest professions out there. It has been around since the dawn of time. It comes in many forms. After all, education takes place by talking to a person with more knowledge than you or by chatting with an older person. Education goes on once you are done with school.
Even though it is no longer widely practiced, some states still allow corporal punishment. The truth is that 19 states in the country allow teachers to paddle students in the name of discipline. The list includes Missouri and Indiana. If you ask us, it is quite wild that this discipline style still exists to this day.
Started Out As Teachers
You might not know this, but a lot of notable figures started out as teachers. For one thing, Lyndon Johnson taught at three different schools and got excellent comments before he won the presidency. While Cameron Diaz is not a teacher in real life, she was fun to watch in Bad Teachers.
The Montessori Method
Have you heard of Maria Montessori? She was an Italian medical doctor who developed what we now know as the Montessori method of education. It is widely used across the globe. It embraces the independence of a child and allows them to pursue unique paths of development with the use of hands-on different projects.
An Education Revolution
Clara Barton, who founded the American Red Cross, was a highly-regarded teacher as well. In 1851, she noticed that there were no free public schools in New Jersey while visiting her friends. This was the reason she opened a school of her own. To this day, students and teachers alike benefit from how she revolutionized the world of education.
There are teachers who prefer to be strict with their students. Take a look at Franz Liszt, the famous Hungarian composer. He had a lot of students and was difficult to please. We are sure that this is the reason that a lot of his pupils went on to be renowned musicians in their own right.