It's time to close the book on the enduring myth that teachers have it easy.
Sure, a couple of months off every summer is a nice perk, but most educators put in eight hours<teac/a> of class time every day, plus they spend an average of three to five hours daily on lesson plans, grading, parent-teacher conferences, and school district meetings. Oh yeah, and on top of that, they're expected to instill knowledge in a classroom full of energetic kids where they're outnumbered 25 to 1.
And although they bring in a median salary of just $37,500, teachers spend an average of $2,000 each year on classroom materials for their students. Now that's dedication.
That's why we're so excited to support teachers alongside TeacherPop, Teach For America's resource for real talk, tools, and tips for educators. We'll be contributing 50,000 Thrive Market memberships at no cost to TeacherPop readers. That's a $60 value for each free membership!
Healthy choices affect what goes on in the classroom in a major way. Experts say that healthy foods and exercise can help improve brain functionality and academic achievement. And that doesn't only apply to students. To give kids the best they have to offer, teachers need to have access to healthy, wholesome food—and their salary shouldn't stand in the way.
It's up to all of us to support our teachers. We want the TeacherPop community to have the resources they need to be healthy and pass on the importance of that lifestyle to the kids in their classrooms. Because when teachers thrive, students thrive—and the future looks brighter all around.
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