Discussion in 'Elementary Education' started by teacherguy111, Mar 11, 2018.
Mar 18, 2018
0-even our custodian is a woman.
Mar 24, 2018
1 male teacher out of like 32 teachers. lol
Mar 25, 2018
The AP, STEAM teacher, and one 5th grade teacher are the only males we have. The year I taught 3rd in a different district I had two male teammates; that school had a lot of male teachers. One of my current teammates used to work in a school where the entire Kindergarten team was male. That was definitely rare!
We have 3. A 4k teacher, the PE coach, and the assistant that works in the library.
Mar 26, 2018
I think teacher diversity is such a strange thing. 80% or more of teachers are white women, usually middle class or higher. What is it about teaching that draws that particular subset of people?
But then my school, which is predominantly Hispanic, Asian, and Black students, has a pretty diverse staff. Our tech teacher is male and Asian. The office staff and at least one teacher are all Hispanic. We had an Asian teacher last year, but she's changed districts. Eight of the 30 classroom and intervention teachers are Black (and two classroom teachers are male), plus three Black student teachers (one of whom is male), and one of the PE teachers is a Black man. Our custodial staff is all Black. A large portion of the support staff is Black as well. Our principal is Black.
Apart from the student body (we have something like 20 languages spoken just at my school), this is the most diverse school I've ever been in. Subbing though, I almost never saw any teachers of color, and it was rare to see male teachers at the elementary level. It's just strange how teaching has ended up being almost a "white mom" job -- 20-something white women go into teaching, are newly married or get married, have kids, stay home with the kids for a few years, and then go back into teaching. That's such a common thing it feels like it's just part of the job. And it's just weird.
Apr 9, 2018
I’m in preschool and we have 1 male teacher. He has good points and bad. The kids & parents love him. Honestly, I feel he’s a token and the director keeps him for good points with NAEYC and ECERS.
He talks to custodian, parents and teachers passing by all day, uses his phone during naptime, leaves early and comes back late for lunch. Surfs the Internet and what’s worst of all, sits on the kids’ couch in the library and takes a nap!
He had very little discipline or supervision. Lets kids run in the hall and trash the bathroom, stop up sink and leave water everywhere. Outside on the playground, he’s useless. Talks on his phone. When a kid needs to potty, he uses that excuse to go in and never comes back. He does minimal obsevations, (“Matt said hello.”) His lesson plans are full of holes. He mainly sits and does fingerplays. The supervisor complains to his lead teacher, (kids aren’t supervised, you need better lesson plans) but never calls him on anything! My neighbor teacher is pulling her hair out.
I wish he was more proactive and responsible. I get his kids next year!
In the clinical school that I am at, there are only 2 male teachers that I am aware of. One, a 4th grade teacher who teachers math and science. And the other is a math helper and aid. I wonder why there is such a discrepancy in male teachers today? I hope that more males join the field of education. When even looking at my education classes, I don't see a lot of men in them. There are only 2 men in my classes, which saddens me a little. I'd like to see more men as future educators!
Apr 12, 2018
I once worked in a diverse school. It was very nice indeed. Genuine and comfortable. It was in southern CA. Other schools in IL had a wide variety of races and many men too. But everyone sat on ‘their’ side in the teacher’s lounge. Even in inservice meetings. We need our children to see what our world truly reflects.
The kids see teachers separating so they see it as the norm.
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