9 Data-Backed Reasons Why We Should Thank Teachers Every Day

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Dylan Rodgers

Content Strategy Manager and Editor in Chief of the Schoology Exchange

9 Data-Backed Reasons Why We Should Thank Teachers Every Day

Posted in News | May 10, 2017

Some people just know what they want from an early age. I was never like that. Even in college, my life strategy quickly unraveled as I realized business was just not a good fit (I failed Macroeconomics twice!) and I became desperate to find another route.

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But in my haphazard attempt to force my life into a straight and unrealistic line, a handful of great instructors stand like monoliths in my memory. Their passion for learning and willingness to share their time and thoughts with me cultivated a passionate obsession of my own—one that would ultimately determine my future as a professional storyteller.

As I'm sure you know, this is Teacher Appreciation Week. And while this is a great chance for us to reflect on how teachers have changed our lives and send them blatantly inadequate tokens of our gratitude for their lifelong dedication, I wanted to challenge you on the notion that you really know what you're saying thanks for.

It's said you cannot understand someone until you walk a mile in their shoes. I, for one, have never taught, and I'd bet many of you reading this haven't either.

So to give all you non-teachers a sense of why it's so important for us to celebrate the work these purveyors of learning do—our current teachers, those who live in our memories, those who teach our children, and our peers and colleagues—here is a list of data that sheds some light on what it really means to be a teacher.

9 Data-Backed Reasons We Should Be Thanking Teachers Every Day

  1. According to Daniel Fallon in Case study of a paradigm shift (The value of focusing on instruction), teachers influence student achievement 20 times more than other variables, such as class size and poverty.
  2. Great teachers can increase the collective lifetime earnings of all the students in a classroom by roughly $266,000.

  3. And while we're on the topic of money, teachers are focused on much more than a paycheck. When asked about the most important factors for teacher retention, they listed these as their top five:

    1. 97% said leadership support is the number one factor

    2. 93% said they desired greater family involvement in students’ education

    3. 91% answered the need for more help for students who have behavioral or other problems that interfere with learning

    4. 90% said they need access to high-quality curriculum and teaching resources

    5. 89% agreed that having time for them to collaborate with peers is also at the top of the list

  4. That's despite teachers making 14% less than other professionals with a similar level of education.

  5. And the fact that each of them spends up to $1,000 annually of their own money on school supplies.

  6. Oh and how 1 in 3 teachers have purchased coats, mittens, and other winter clothing for their students—even though well over half have bought their students lunches.

  7. Teachers also do a ton of work outside of their contract day (up to 16 hours on the weekends alone) planning lessons, grading homework, reading essays, etc.

  8. Researchers note the job of teachers is in the same boat as other high stress jobs, including air-traffic controllers, firefighters, and pilots.

  9. It's no wonder then why Americans consider teachers as some of the greatest contributors to society's well-being, second only to military personnel.

So take the time to thank the teachers in your life and in the lives of your kids for Teacher Appreciation Week and really every other week in the year.

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