It is getting to that time of year when you wave goodbye to your teacher and it suddenly dawns on you just how much they have had an influence on your life over the past year or so. Students a plenty have been flooding to Shareagift over the past few weeks to create gift pages for their favourite teachers, encouraging fellow students and even faculty members to come together and buy something extra special.
In honour of teachers across the world we have found 10 amazing facts about teachers that you probably didn’t know (providing your not a teacher of course!)
In the US since 1950, there has been a 96% increase in students and a 252% increase in teaching staff.
Approximately 92.4% of teachers spend their own money on their students or classrooms!
76% agree that many of the smartest people in society don’t go into teaching because being a teacher doesn’t pay enough.
Mr T, Hugh Jackman and Sylvester Stallone have all been gym teachers!
On average, teachers work an average of 10 hours per day and 52 hours per week.
In colonial times and into the early decades of the 19th century, most teachers were men. From the 1820s to 1830s, as more public schools were built and more men were siphoned off by more prestigious professions, women began to take over the schoolroom. The feminisation of teaching not only changed how society perceived women, but how women perceived themselves.
In 2008 Alia Sabur became the youngest college professor at just 19 years old!
This year marked the 102nd birthday of Agnes Zhelesnik, who is thought to be the world’s oldest teacher!
A Polish teacher named Errol Muzawazi holds the Guinness world record for the longest lecture by doing 121 hours of non-stop teaching!
Finally did you know that teachers make 14% less than people in other professions that require similar levels of education? Come together this year with fellow students, faculty members or parents and show your teacher just how much they mean to you.