Skill, education, and expertise, and a whole lot of time management. Teachers regularly juggle schedules that include lectures, classroom activities, one-on-one tutoring, grading, administrative meetings, parent interaction, coaching and extracurricular activities, and professional development. According to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, teachers around the world work up to 11 hours a day. As any teacher knows, every activity that occurs in the classroom can require a good deal of preparation and grading outside of class.
Teachers’ realities are growing increasingly complex. Today they face massive challenges ranging from expanding class sizes, an increased diversity of student needs to consider, and a peer and pop culture that is not always supportive of school. And already, they are charged by society with tremendous responsibilities that range from inculcating democratic values to ensuring global competitiveness and preparing students for 21st century workforce needs.
Teaching is tough, and teachers are crucial to the future of our society. Let’s give them the financial, social, and structural support they need.
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