2. Teachers do have access to curriculum and planning time. A majority of teachers surveyed (65 percent) indicate that schools contributed to their professional development costs.
3. Social media plays a major role in instruction, with 92 percent of teachers using social media or websites to supplement their teaching or lessons. Most-used social media and websites include YouTube, Teachers Pay Teachers, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram. Teacher-created materials and professional development saw a surge this year–teachers trust other teachers and will spend their own money to purchase materials from other teachers.
4. Teachers don’t always feel seen and heard as professionals. They have concerns surrounding competing priorities, student behaviors, and lack of resources to accomplish meeting the needs of all learners. Fifty-five percent say they would ask for more support and respect from administrators, parents, and community members.
5. Many teachers are focusing on social and emotional learning in 2019-2020–58 percent of surveyed teachers say it’s a major focus this year, followed by 40 percent saying closing the achievement gap is a big focus.
5 facts about the state of teaching
The survey also includes a sample of teacher responses to drive home the state of teaching and what teachers need today.
“We are woefully under-appreciated by parents, administrators, and the public. We spend hundreds of dollars a year of our own money. We do not feel safe and we are not supported by the school system or administration. We are underpaid and our budgets are too small.”
“The idea of students learning critical thinking, interaction, and problem solving is being taken over by programs that keep students on a computer for many hours during the school day. They are losing the ability to follow directions from humans. This is not preparing them for adulthood.”