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Teachers and students wave to motorists in Peoria, Ariz. AP Photo/Matt York

3 reasons why teachers are striking right now

Yes, money is one big reason. But teachers also just want to be heard like everyone else and are using methods that have been shown to be effective.
The programs are long and intense, the creativity and relationships aspect of the vocation has been eroded, there is pervasive negativity in the media, and comparatively poor salary and working conditions. Shutterstock

Seven reasons people no longer want to be teachers

There's been a drop in the number of people enrolling in teacher preparation courses. This is due to problems such as pay, professional autonomy, and a national obsession with standardised testing.
With hectic scheduling and constant teaching demands, teachers are turning to social media to meet urgent professional learning needs. Shutterstock

Why teachers are turning to Twitter

Twitter provides a low-cost, easy to access platform for teachers to connect with other teachers, gain support and find resources that fit their specific professional development needs.
Nearly half of all teachers report experiencing a lot of daily stress. AlenKadr/Shutterstock

The hidden threat of teacher stress

Nearly half of all teachers report having high levels of daily stress. Research shows that when teachers are stressed out, it can negatively affect students and schools.
Research shows that carrying a gun for self-defense comes with a host of risks. Shutterstock.com

Why Trump’s idea to arm teachers may miss the mark

While President Donald Trump suggests arming teachers would be a good way to stop school shootings, research shows that carrying firearms comes with a host of troublesome risks.
Children must be taught to read for comprehension, not just to parrot what they hear. Shutterstock

South Africa has a reading crisis: why, and what can be done about it

The problem in learners' reading performance lies in how reading is taught in most South African schools. Learners are not taught to understand the written word and make sense of it for themselves.
Career changers are intrinsically motivated and tend to be more committed to teaching, having changed careers later in life. Shutterstock

Want to solve our STEM skills problem? Bring in the professionals

STEM professionals who change careers to become teachers are often intrinsically motivated, and can help engage kids in STEM subjects with their real-world experience.

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