The Staffroom: Debunking the myths about teachers

Teachers only work from nine to three

Teachers are engaged in face-to-face teaching for five hours a day plus supervision at lunchtime, recess and roll call. They take four to eight classes a day but that is not the only one part of work they do, they also have to prepare every lesion they are going to teach.

Teachers get 12 weeks holiday a year

Most of the time is spent on lesion preparation during holidays. They prepare assignment tasks, write tests and exams, undertake professional development and catch up with marking and research.

Teachers just deliver content

All students in the class have their own different learning styles and levels of achievement, teachers have to prepare their own lesion considering these different individuals. They must entertain, engage and inform all the kids they teach and develop meaningful relationships with each child, including many they do not directly interact.

Teachers are just glorified child-minders

One of the most challenging part of teacher’s jobs is child management, especially in the early years of their career. Useful learning is a distant dream unless a teacher creates a lively but respectful classroom. In such a classroom, children enjoy the liberty to learn at their own pace and in their own way.

Everybody is a teacher

If you know to put a band-aid on your kid’s finger, you are a doctor, this is nonsense. This is a well-established fact that both you and your kids learn from each other but this does not make either of you a teacher.

Professional teachers must guide, educate and inspire hundreds of children every week, all of whom have different values, abilities, interests and home lives

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