According to a TIME magazine poll, 77% of U. S. adults believe that teaching is the most underappreciated profession in the country. Only about 4.2% of freshman college students consider teaching as a profession and that is largely due to low wages. Most people agree that teaching would be a more desirable career option if the pay was higher. While teachers wages are 23% lower than those of other college graduates, there are still honorable individuals who pursue this profession. It's estimated that a student drops out of school every nine seconds. A skilled and caring teacher can recognize the signs of a student who is at risk of dropping out and may be able to prevent them from making a big mistake.
Do you remember what it’s like to be a student? Maybe it was a world away, or not that long ago, but we’ve all been students at some point. Remember your favorite teacher? Or the one who just never seemed to like you? Teachers are a fact of life. They follow us from our ABCs into adulthood. They give us strong foundations in education and inspire us to achieve our goals. Maybe you’ve been blessed with some amazing teachers in your life, or maybe you got saddled with some who were less than perfect.
It takes a special person to be a great teacher. The question, here, is what kind of teacher would you be? Are you the cool teacher everyone hopes they get? The mean teacher who seems to hate their job? What do you think your students would say about you? Do you have an idea of what kind of teacher you would be? Take this quiz to discover your teacher archetype. Compare your results with your friends — you might be surprised by what you learn!
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