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New Teacher Facts & Figures

Who are today's new teachers?

  • Almost two-thirds are younger than 27-years old.
  • More than one quarter are not fully certified.
  • Nearly half - 42 percent - have just finished college and have never taught.
  • 34 percent are former teachers who are coming back to the profession.
  • The majority are single, in debt and struggling.
  • Most have technology skills, and know little about unionism.

What discourages new teachers?

  • Discipline problems.
  • Unending paperwork.
  • Unmotivated students.
  • Public and student disrespect for teachers and learning.
  • Lack of instructional material.
  • Late hiring.
  • Changes in their teaching assignment.
  • Placement in a field outside their certification.
  • Lack of familiarity with the types of students they are teaching.
  • Low pay.
  • Unsafe schools.
  • Bureaucratic "red-tape."

What are new teachers concerned about?

  • Getting information about the Association.
  • Instructional issues.
  • Preparation time.
  • Unmotivated students.
  • Their own evaluations.
  • Classroom control, management and discipline.
  • Students with special learning challenges.
  • Finding resources.
  • Involving parents.
  • Time management.
  • Dealing with physical and emotional stress.

What will help new teachers succeed?

  • Administrative support.
  • Adequate resources.
  • Opportunities for collaboration and cooperative teaching.
  • Professional development.
  • Peer mentoring.
  • Good instructional techniques and management routines.
  • Knowledge of what to expect.
  • Teacher autonomy.
  • Participation in decision making processes.
  • Feedback about their performance.
  • Emotional support.
  • Observing other teachers teach.
  • Discussing their teaching with others.
  • Handbooks with key information.

(Statistics from "Beginning Now…Resources for Organizers of Beginning Teachers, 1999")