Student Voices: What Teachers Really Do

Student Voices: What Teachers Really Do

This month, in anticipation of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 5-9) and the Center for Teaching Quality's #TeachingIs social media campaign, we've invited five student bloggers to share their thoughts about what #TeachingIs.

In February, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Scholastic released the Primary Sources survey, which sampled the views of 20,000 U.S. teachers about their profession. Among the findings were the following:

  • 99 percent of teachers said that teaching goes beyond academics and that educators also have a responsibility to reinforce good citizenship, resilience, and social skills;
  • 82 percent of teachers said the biggest challenge they face is the constantly changing demands placed on themselves and their students; and
  • 88 percent of teachers agreed that the rewards of teaching outweigh the challenges.

Based on your experience as a student, what are the biggest demands that teachers face? What do you think makes someone a good teacher? Would you ever consider becoming a teacher? Why or why not? How do you think the public views teachers and the teaching profession today?

The biggest demand teachers face today is cultivating a mindset in students in which they will hold themselves accountable in life as citizens and in the pursuit of lifelong learning, writes Amani Bey, a high school junior in Philadelphia.

A positive learning environment is built on a trustworthy relationship between teachers and students, writes high school freshman Garrett deGraffenreid.

It's disheartening to me that society doesn't give teachers enough credit or acknowledge how crucial they are to the development of our future, writes Isabel Song, a high school junior in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"After my experience as a teacher, I know how hard teachers work in order to make it look so easy," says James Mann, a high school sophomore in Oakland, Calif.

Children in America tend to take their education for granted and don't always value it, students Fatima Khan and Muniba Siddiqui say.

Students often don't realize the influence teachers have on them, writes high school senior Jackson Barnett.

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