Teaching: The Best Kept Secret!
This page contains an interactive presentations about the teaching profession that are designed to be shared with faculty and staff or anyone who talks with students about careers. This slide deck has been through many iterations and has been shown to be very effective at changing faculty perceptions.
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 two types of slide decks of varying length. The first, Just the Facts, contains information about the teaching profession. The second, The Facts + How to Share GFO Resources, contains the same info as the Just the Facts decks plus slides about the different GFO Resources that are available for faculty to use while sharing the facts at their institution. All decks are highly interactive and 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. Please check back often to make sure you have the latest version.
Teaching: The Best Kept Secret! Just the Facts
* Version numbers were added in September 2021.
Teaching: The Best Kept Secret! The Facts + How to Share GFO Resources
Steps to doing a presentation
- 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 ask the GFO Research Team to mine your data below) and modify the presentation.
- Look through the presentation. There are notes under each slide with explanations and suggestions.
- Review how to credit GFO when modifying or using these resources.
- Register your activities if you have not already done so.
- Go Get the Facts Out!
Teacher Salary Data Request
You may request Teacher Salary Data from the GFO Research Team team. Data mining salaries and creating an infographic takes about a half of a day of effort, we appreciate your patience. Priority is given to Registered Champions.
Key Features of an Effective Interactive Presentation
Presentation type 1: Just the Facts
- 15 – 60 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.