Male Teachers?

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  1. rtay

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    Hi everyone. My name is Ryan and I'm in my last year of college and for an assignment in one of my classes I have to post a question on a teaching forum. My question, being an aspiring male elementary teacher, is what is your view(s) on male teachers in the general classroom? I've done a few practicums and the only male teachers I find are in P.E., computers or music, never in the general classroom. Thanks everyone for your help!
     
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    I am not a male teacher, BUT my boyfriend is. If you don't mind my two cents, I would like to say that I hope you will seriously consider teaching elementary school because there are very few men (at least in my county) at the k - 6 level. I work at a huge school that has 4 - 6 teachers per grade level and in the entire school, there are only five male teachers...actually 3 because one of them is a paraprofessional and the other teaches gym.

    The kids are being underserviced because the world is not all women. Also, a lot of boys and girls may not have a strong and positive male role model in their life and need to see one while they are young.

    Does that mean it'll be easy? No. Some people might scoff or look at you weird that you're a guy in elementary school. But you have to do what you feel is right
     
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    I wish we had more male teachers in our K-grade 8 school. This coming year there will be three--all classroom teachers and are wonderful. All of our students, not just boys, need to recognize that teaching is not a "woman's job".
     
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    The school I'm working in has a pretty good ratio, but there are more women. I never ran the math, but it seems like there's one male to every two female teachers at the elementary level.

    In high school it seems to even out, but it's still just people filling out "traditional" roles...males are math, industrial arts, etc. Would be nice to see more females in math and science at the HS level and more males at the elementary level. Some day, some day.
     
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    I think having male teachers is so great for kids in that they get to have a male role model, which many of them might not have at home. It also helps dispel the rumor that teaching elementary is a "girls' job." I really liked having male teachers in elementary; for the most part they were not into "cutesy" things, and that was great for this tomboy!
     
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    As a male kindergarten teacher, I have found that not only do school staff and faculty love the thought of male teachers at the elementary school, so too do parents. I had MANY (well...4-5) families request me for their child simply because I'm a male. Of course, this leads into a conversation about stereotypes and such, but I'll refrain. Most parents that I've encountered equate "male teacher" with "stern force." I'm not really a "stern force", but I can pull that out when I need to -- just as any female teacher can.

    Also, one thing that I was NOT prepared for were the off-the-wall comments about sexuality and such. I had two students' parents ask me if I was in a heterosexual or homosexual relationship. I was definitely caught off guard by that. And, at the same time, I understand their curiosity. It's not often you find a male elementary school teacher, let a lone a male elementary kindergarten teacher.
     
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    It always surprises me how brazen some people are.
     
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    Things to think about

    First, as a guy in elementary education, I have to say how truly amazing women teachers are. I often watch woman teachers with amazement. I worked hard construction jobs when I was younger and nothing compares to how challenging and difficult it is to teach in the elementary classroom. Woman do things that are simply amazing, from bulletin boards to classroom parties and more. That being said, it is an amazing job. I love it!

    Here are some quick thoughts from my 10+ years in elementary ed:

    One of the things to think about as a guy in elementary education. 90% of elementary teachers are woman. I love my fellow teachers, but it can be lonely. I rarely have someone to talk to. You'll find out quickly that it is difficult to share "guy" experiences with woman.

    Two, most female teachers think that boys will thrive with a male teacher. I've found that girls thrive in my classroom. They get more freedom and a different perspective. Boys can't get away with anything in my room, but the girls can. Sue me!

    Most books in elementary education are made for women. It is hard to find good guy books that have heart. They're out there but you have to look.

    Women can be mean to each other. I'm still blown away with how women judge each other at work.

    Those are just some quick things. We need more guys to compliment all those amazing female teachers.
     
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    I hope you newcomers stick around. Glad to have you here.
     
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    Of our seven K-6 teachers, only one is a male. We have one teacher per grade level.
     
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    I've taught the last 10 years in Kindergarten and Primary (1st and 2nd) and I'm a male teacher. There are only 2 males at my current school out of 35 teachers and in the past I have been the only male out of 40.

    It is a lot harder to make friendships that go beyond the school when you're a male teacher. I am very friendly with many of the women I work with and consider a lot of them to be friends, but while they may go out for a drink together, hang out outside of school, etc. I can't really do that.

    Though I did meet my wife when she was teaching in the classroom next door to me... ;)

    Some principals will stick you with all the kids who need "a strong male role model." That translates to problem kids often. One year I had 14 boys and only 6 girls in my class and about 6 of the boys had serious behavior problems.

    Principals and other women teachers will make assumptions about me based on a stereotypical man (which I am not), that can get old. No, I don't like sports, I can fix a girl's ponytail when it falls apart, I am quiet, patient, caring and compassionate, no I don't want to coach a sport or be a principal one day, I do like doing crafts, no I'm not gay, I do have a beautiful wife....etc.

    I had a parent this year at open house get on my "bad list" right away when, before she even saw my classroom (which is bright and inviting) claim that it probably needed some help because I'm a man and there's no way I could possible decorate a classroom correctly...sheesh.

    Unlike many jobs, elementary teaching is the women's world and there are challenges with invading it...but it's all worth it!
     
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    Of our 32 teachers (including specials), 12 are male. I am super excited to have a male join our 5th grade team (3 of us per grade level). It is always a good thing to have more positive role models for the students.
     
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    Being a male teacher in elementary has its plusses and minuses that is for sure. Some of which have already been mentioned. We have a small group of male teachers at my school and being in the minority can of course come with its challenges. I have been apart of more female related conversations at lunch than I can care to shake a stick at, but you get used to it.
    I will say, being a male elementary school teacher that is good at what you do, can put you in high demand. If you are okay with working with a bunch of women and not having as much opportunity to create male friendships through work, go for it. If you get along better with women, go for it. Just depends on what you want, don't worry about the outside perceptions of the job.
     
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    I think it's great that men want to teach elementary...what I don't understand is why it's such a big deal. I think it's sad that in 2011 elementary teaching is still largely a "women only" career and it's seen as "weird" when a man wants to teach elementary. One of our 4th grade teachers is male. He's a great teacher, as are many of the women I work with. I don't think it has anything to do with him being male, though- he's good at what he does. He does offer a different perspective with the kids, which is great...I wish we had more than just one "different perspective" though.

    My dad teaches elementary special ed. Don't get me wrong- he's very good at his job and he "knows his stuff" better than most teachers I've ever met. However, I find his school puts him on a pedestal simply because he's a man in an elementary, and teaching special ed at that! I've witnessed it myself...his words are golden, the P does whatever he wants, anytime there is a staff incentive program or a reward, he gets it, he's seen as "the expert" (in a building of over 100 teachers) on MANY topics. His admin are not good people to work with, and often terrorize people for no apparent reason. He's pretty much the only one in the building that doesn't live in fear of them. Two years ago, they fired the entire special ed department except for my dad (7 teachers) with no other explanation than "they weren't quality teachers." He worked really closely with 2 of them and said they were great. I have to think some of this is simply because of his gender, which is also sad to see in 2011.
     
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    We have about 5-7 classes on each grade level and this year we will have only 1 male classroom teacher. (I'd say there are about 4 other male teachers in the building, 4 or 5 male paraprofessionals.) I wish it was a little more even.
     
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    I have been subbing in five districts for the past two years. I have run into many male elementary teachers. Most of them teach upper elementary but I have also run into alot of Kindergarten and 1st grade male elementary teachers. The kids act like they love it!
     
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    So far in my elementary/special education program, i've encountered maybe 15 men total
     
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    I teach secondary, where half our faculty is male. So I'll speak as a mom.

    I want my kids to get the best, the most professional, the most caring, the most knowledgeable teachers the district can find. I don't care whether they're male, female, pretty, "other looking", skinny, not so skinny, black, white, green or orange.

    My kids have some fabulous male role models, so that's not a huge concern for me.
     
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    I agree that, often, girls benefit as much as (or more) from having a male teacher.

    Quick story: At this time last year, I had a phone call from the parent of one of the girls on my caseload. E was very anxious about the fact that she was going to have a male teacher, and a fairly loud one at that. I reassured Mom and told her that Mr. B was a great teacher and that E should have no problems. Neither believed me. Fast forward to June--mom was in the office speaking to the administration begging that, if possible, E be placed with Mr. B's class again (he teaches a split/combined grade) because it had been her best year so far!
     
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    I was the only male teacher on our middle school team (of 6) last year and replaced a male teacher that had been moved to a different school. I know most of the other middle schools also had 1-2 male teachers (if not more), but they were still in the minority.

    My school had a male TA in the Pre-K class. He has worked there for years and has his certification, just hasn't been able to find a teaching position yet.

    My son's former school hired a male K teacher. This guy was huge...he was a defensive lineman on his college football team.....but my youngest son absolutely loved him. He was later transferred to a different school and moved up to 2nd grade. I'm sure he is the only male teacher in the elementary school.

    When I was in school, we had two male teachers in 5th and 6th grade - which was still elementary level at that time. They are still two of my favorite teachers. In Jr. High (grades 7-8), we actually had several male teachers and, in fact, I would guess it was about 50/50 male/female teachers. Several of the male teachers were also coaches, but not all of them.

    I've had MANY teachers, parents and even principals state they would like to see more male teachers at the elementary level or at least middle school. It is, however, a rather lonely field for males because the those grade levels are predominantly female teachers. Then again, it was the same when I worked in the hospitals....about 80% of the employees were female. So I just got used to either being left out of "girl talk" conversations or being included in conversations on topics that didn't necessarily relate to males.
     
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    I taught 2nd grade for six years before moving up to 6th grade this year.

    At the first school I taught at (five-year-long stint) , I was the only male teacher on campus (there were about 25 teachers there). Last year, I moved to another site and was one of five male teachers.

    Throughout my career, a lot of parents have requested that their child is placed in my classroom. In fact, this year, I have several of my former 2nd graders with me for 6th grade because their parents found out I was moving up to middle school.

    I'm not really sure if parents like me because I'm male or because I'm a good teacher. Maybe it's a mixture of both? All I know is that I love my job.
     
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    One of my son's favorite teachers is a guy. He had in 2nd grade & again in 5th grade. It was awesome.

    My TA is a male. I will say that there are days that we have to work very hard not to fall into gender roles. Now that I think about it, those are the days that I'm not feeling well.

    We had to readjust classes earlier this year; we moved some kids out of my room to balance class sizes. I had a Mom come back to me a couple of days later telling me that her son missed his male teacher.

    I would love to see more males in the younger grades. I've worked with male teachers 3rd grade & up.
     
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    Hi! first of all i want to greet all members here :) im Henry Jade from Philippines and newbie here :),

    I will be do to enter in Student teaching two to three months from now and im so excited to do it, 85% of teacher here in Philippines is all female, but in myself, i think i have the capacity and i/we have also some uniqueness in teaching rather than some females :) But for me, Female teacher is the BEST :)
     
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    I have worked in Elem. schools since the 70s. Many times the only male but I did work with a male K. teacher many years and we had a male fourth too for a good while. This in a school with just one teacher for each grade. The K teacher was a retired Navy Vet who started teaching at 41. He was great at it and parents came from out of zone to place their kids there. He was an academic K teacher long before it became like 1st grade.
    With so many kids fatherless now days more males in elem. would be positive.
     
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    I think male teachers are wonderful. Many of my students are part of a single parent family and most of the time it's a single mother. Because of this, they do not receive a positive male influence in their lives. I'm not saying that single mother households are not effective in raising children, but I've noticed as an educator that children love to interact with both male and female role models. I wish that more males would choose to teach. Many boys who do not have a father figure in their life would benefit, especially, from a positive male teacher. I'm excited you are choosing to teach and especially elementary school. My afterschool class operates in a classroom of a male elementary teacher and most days he's there working on grading. The kids love him and he's a really great person. He helps me out and is always upbeat and cracking jokes with the kids.

    Good luck with your last portion of school and I hope you find a great position!
     
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    I support male elementary school teachers as well. My school last year actually had a good size amount of male teachers I felt. Out of 22 teachers pre-k-grade 5 we had 5 male teachers. In 6th grade this year we have two males on our grade level out of seven teachers.

    Typically I see most male teachers in the higher grades. I don't recall ever seeing a male teaching lower than 2nd grade. I would love to watch one teach though! One of my best friends is a male 5th grade teacher and he tells me all the time that if he would KILL to teach Kindergarten.
     

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