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Presentations for Students

Recruiting Resources

Title slide on laptopBusting Myths about the Teaching Profession

This page includes an interactive presentation designed to share the facts about the teaching profession with prospective teachers.

Audience/setting: Prospective STEM discipline teachers (undergraduate, graduate, alum). Appropriate for either a virtual or face-to-face setting.

Time: 15-30 minutes

Synopsis: This resource includes interactive presentation materials (PowerPoint slides and handouts) designed to facilitate discussion with students who may or may not be interested in teaching themselves, in a variety of contexts.


Use these materials during an interactive presentation such as an information session about careers, in a major or non-major course, a student club meeting, or a recruitment event. Please check back often to make sure you have the latest version.

Version 3.0, Customizable Microsoft PowerPoint (5.6 MB)

Version 3.0, Customizable Microsoft PowerPoint (5.1 MB). 15 minutes is effective, but 30 minutes is ideal.

Version 1.0, Customizable Microsoft PowerPoint (12 MB). Individual slides designed for the start of class or screen around campus

PDF (1.27 MB) form that can be saved to your records and/or submitted to GFO

*Presentations are continually refined, the date is in the title for each file.


Steps to doing a presentation Checklist

  1. Pre-register your presentation.
  2. Find local Teacher Salary Data and modify the presentation.
  3. Look through the presentation. There are notes under each slide with explanations and suggestions.
  4. Add slides at the end about your program.
  5. Review how to credit GFO when modifying or using these resources.
  6. Log your activity and register as a GFO Champion if you have not already done so.
  7. Go Get the Facts Out! 

Key Features to an Effective Interactive Presentation


  • 1 – 30 minutes in class
  • 15 – 30 minutes club meetings, information session, ice cream social, residence life… (complete list is on the How to Reach Students page)

What are the intended outcomes of this presentation?

  • The audience will have positive attitudes towards 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).
  • The audience will feel better prepared to make an informed choice about their career options, including teaching.

What should a presentation 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.
  • Accurate information about teaching as a profession is provided, including life satisfaction, salary, retirement, student loan forgiveness.
  • Comparison to industry and college faculty is provided.
  • Information on teacher salaries and retirement have been updated with local data.

What should you do as a presenter?

  • Create a safe and fun space for students to engage, from the start.
  • Share the positive aspects of teaching as a profession that are supported by data.
  • Avoid voicing misperceptions about teaching as a profession.
  • If students 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).