8 Things You Didn’t Know About Teachers

May 7, 2014

The first week of May is National Teacher Appreciation Week. Here are a few facts you may not have known about the profession:

  1. Teachers today follow in some famous footsteps: Princess Diana, Art Gartfunkel, Sting, Gene Simmons, and Jon Hamm all did stints in the classroom.
  2. During an average school day, teachers are pretty busy. According to a 2012 survey of 10,000 public school teachers, here’s how they spend their time:
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    • almost five hours on instruction.
    • about 36 minutes on student supervision and discipline.
    • 45 minutes planning, preparing, or collaborating with colleagues.
    • 36 minutes  grading, documenting, and analyzing student work.
    • just under 15 minutes communicating with parents via email, phone, or face-to-face meetings.
  3. About 14 percent of teachers quit in their first year.
  4. President Lyndon B. Johnson left a job as a principal in Pearsall, Texas, after one month on the job when his uncle pulled some strings to get him a position teaching public speaking at Sam Houston High School in Houston ISD.
  5. Adults rank teaching just behind the military when asked which occupations contribute a lot to society, according to this 2013 Pew Research survey.
  6. American poet Walt Whitman was a rebellious teacher. During his time in the classroom, he favored the Socratic method of instruction and refused to administer corporal punishment to students.
  7.  Public and private schools employed 3.7 million full-time teachers to teach 55.3 million students in 2013.
  8. Teaching is on the rise; the number of full-time teachers has jumped seven percent since 2002.

BONUS: Reasoning Mind is so proud to work and partner with thousands of teachers every year. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication– and happy (early) Teacher Appreciation Week!

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