You’re in the classroom with a group of students every weekday, and you see what happens. Steps are made, obstacles are overcome, concepts are grasped, frustrations are dealt with (sometimes better than others!). But you know, without hesitation, that you’re making a difference – at least the vast majority of the time. While not every student who passes through your doors will have a life changing experience or major turning point, they’re learning, developing and changing, and there’s a lot of positive difference happening there. Even if it isn’t measurable, you know it is there.
The handy infographic below takes a look at some statistics on exactly how much of a difference a good teacher can make in a students’ life. It offers a few interesting factoids about teachers, too!
Effective Educators Make A Difference!
- 83% of students say a teacher has helped boost their self esteem
- 75% say a teacher has been a positive role model to them
- 79% reported that a teacher has helped encourage them to follow their dreams
- 54% say that a teacher has helped to support them during difficult times
- A teacher’s effectiveness is 20 times as likely to boost performance on tests than other factors
- An effective teacher has 14 times the effect on student success as shrinking the class size by five students
- Being taught by an effective teacher for one year boosts a child’s lifetime income by $50,000!
Did You Know?
- Teachers work an average of 50 hours per week?
- 84% of K-12 public school teachers are female?
- 56% of K-12 public school teachers have at least a master’s degree?
- 3.2 Million public school teachers educate 49.4 million kids in the public school system in the United States?
- In the United States, public school enrollment is slated to climb over to over 53 million students by 2021 – an increase of 7.3% from 2010!
- The average teacher affects over 3,000 students in their career.