Presentation for Faculty
Teaching: The Best Kept Secret!
Audience/setting: Math and science faculty, admissions, career services, advising staff. Appropriate for either a virtual or face-to-face setting
Time: 15–90 minutes
Synopsis: This resource includes highly interactive presentation materials (PowerPoint slides and handouts) designed to facilitate discussion with a group of faculty/staff who may talk with students about teaching as a career.
Use these materials in the context of a faculty meeting, staff meeting, or with teachers to get the facts out about grade 7-12 teaching and to encourage department members, teachers, recruiters, and advisors to speak positively and accurately about the teaching profession with students.
Steps to doing a presentation Checklist
- Pre-register your presentation with us to receive:
- Survey data on your presentation (results on pre/post survey, plus participant feedback).
- Tips and support on running your workshop, if desired.
- Find local teacher salary data (or request below) and modify the presentation
- Look through the presentation. There are notes under each slide with explanations and suggestions.
- Log your activities if you have not already done so
- Go Get the Facts Out!
To request that the GFO team mine data for your local, first please register as a GFO Champion, then fill out the following:
Key Features of an Effective Interactive Presentation
Workshop type 1: Improving perceptions
- Local audience: 40-75 minutes
- National audience: 60-90 minutes
What are the intended outcomes of this workshop?
- The audience will have positive attitudes toward teaching as a profession.
- The audience will engage in ideas about teaching as a profession after the workshop (e.g., by reflecting, sharing, engaging in conversation).
What should a workshop look like?
- The key message of Get the Facts Out is emphasized: Teachers in the U.S. rate their lives better than all other occupation groups, trailing only physicians.
- Time is provided for the active processing of data about teaching as a profession before and during the discussion.
- Time is provided for peer discussion.
- Participants are provided with an opportunity to review locally-relevant data about teaching as a profession:
- For local audiences: Information on teacher salaries and retirement have been updated with local data.
- For national audiences: Time is provided for the audience to identify local data.
What should you do as a presenter?
- Share the positive aspects of teaching as a profession that are supported by data.
- Avoid voicing misperceptions about teaching as a profession.
- If participants express misperceptions about teaching as a profession, provide fact-based corrections.
- Avoid providing airtime for anecdotal aspects of teaching as a profession (which are often negative and not supported by data).
- Facilitate participant discussion.