5 Surprising Facts About Teachers

Lots of kids can talk about the things they know about their teachers. Maybe they are smart, funny, and love sports. Or they are married with kids of their own, love to watch sports, or enjoy traveling. Books celebrating teachers share all the amazing ways they shape the lives of their students. Here are some interesting things to know about teachers that will really make children think the next time they get off the bus and head into their classroom. 


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Facts for Kids About Teachers

There are more than 3 million teachers in US public schools.
These educators instruct almost 51 million students in kindergarten through grade twelve. According to federal statistics, approximately 77% of teachers are women.

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Teachers did not choose their profession for the money.
While this may not surprise parents who already know that teachers are not highly paid compared to other careers, kids will not likely consider this fact. According to surveys, teachers rank their pay as the 11th reason they chose this line of work. In other words, these incredible people are more driven by their desire to make an impact on the lives of others over economic rewards.


A teacher's work does not end when students leave the classroom.
Teachers are paid based on the school day hours, but the reality is that they put in hours of personal time at night and on the weekend. The work involves grading papers, planning lessons, communicating with parents, scheduling conferences, and collaborating with peers.

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Many teachers do not favor standardized testing.
Teachers are increasingly feeling the pressure to teach to standardized tests, which interferes with their ability to interact on a more personal level and achieve the kinds of breakthroughs that make a difference. The quantity of material that students are required to digest is replacing the quality of the learning experience in the classroom.

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Teachers spend a considerable amount of personal money for classroom supplies.
Estimates indicate that up to 15 million children live in households that cannot afford to buy the things they need for school. Many public schools do not have the funds to fund this gap, forcing teachers to dig into their own pockets to buy the necessary materials. Teachers who work in poverty-stricken areas sometimes even purchase warm clothing for their students.




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