Youki Terada says, “In 2016, we learned more about how teachers feel about their profession, from the reasons why they started teaching in the first place (#1) to why they leave (#6). We learned that science students do better when teachers share stories about the struggles scientists face instead of portraying them as geniuses (#3). We’re also learning more about why U.S. students are falling behind students in other countries (#12). Here are 15 studies published this year that every educator should know about.
1. It Turns Out Teaching Really Is a Noble Profession
Altruism drives many people to become teachers, according to this survey of over 3,000 public school teachers. A full 82 percent of teachers say that making a difference in students’ lives is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching. Forty-five percent also said that they wanted to help students reach their full potential”.