View Full Version : OT - Poll: How many of us are educators?

02-06-2006, 05:27 PM
So I am wondering how many of us are teachers/educators? If you aren't in teaching, please answer anyway, and choose "other" so we can see what percentage of us are in education. Thanks!

02-06-2006, 05:38 PM
I'm a SAHM. So I guess one could argue I am in the 'Educator: Other' category...LOL (I selected not in education)

02-06-2006, 05:44 PM
I'm a SAHM. So I guess one could argue I am in the 'Educator: Other' category...LOL (I selected not in education)

I think you qualify on principal! Home schoolers would also qualify as in education.

02-06-2006, 05:53 PM
I put educator: other, because as a minister a large part of my work responsibility is education. I primarily teach classes for adults, incl. special classes for older adults and college students, but occasionally I teach children and teenagers as well.

02-06-2006, 05:55 PM
I've been a TA in regular elementary and self-contained special ed elementary, and for the past 7 years in an alternative HS program for students with emotional, psychiatric and behavioral problems who can't function in the regular high school setting.

My favorite was in the self-contained elementary, but they mainstreamed all the kids and made it a pull-out program.

02-06-2006, 06:11 PM
How timely! I was wondering about this just this morning when I saw Ingrid mentioned "school". :study:

02-06-2006, 06:16 PM
I'm a student!

I put "not in education" though teaching, either at the high school or university level is a possibility once I get down with my absurd amount of schooling.

02-06-2006, 06:16 PM
I know there are a lot more of us teachers. I can think of four off the top of my head and several home schoolers. Where is everyone?

02-06-2006, 06:42 PM
I'm an elementary special ed. teacher, 15 years :D

02-06-2006, 07:12 PM
I said not in ed, however, I could make several arguments that I am/have been. First, I'm a parent, and I think that should be an automatic qualifier. (If not, how good a parent would I be?) I have done all sorts of child/special needs care in the past, also.

02-06-2006, 07:20 PM
I put in "preschool educator". I am not a qualified teacher as such. However I belong to a Playcentre which is a parent run co-operative pre-school. At our centre we do not have paid supervisors so all parents/caregivers who attend with their children have to do a minimum of training and people are expected to continue training throughout their time at Playcentre.

02-06-2006, 07:52 PM
I've been teaching preschool for the past 5 years. Most days I love it and other days... :shock:

02-06-2006, 09:46 PM
I teach at a university (English/Literature), so yep, I'm definitely an educator! ;)

02-06-2006, 09:49 PM
I'm a grad student working on my EdD which is educational leadership. My focus is education of adults. My specialty area is Women's Studies. Next term I am teaching a class called Sex, Power and Consumption. I have to go finish my syllabus :rollseyes:

Jan in CA
02-06-2006, 09:52 PM
Well, I think that Carmen means in the actual teaching community now. No one disputes that parents are teachers. ;)

Therefore I put not in education.

02-06-2006, 09:55 PM
Ooooh, that sounds like a fascinating course, FM!!

02-07-2006, 12:23 AM
I am an administrator at a college, but not a professor!

02-07-2006, 01:47 AM
Hopefully I will be a teacher in 2 1/2 years!! Working towards my BS in bio and Masters in education so I can teach high school biology! I can't wait!

02-07-2006, 09:20 AM
I put Other because I'm homeschooling DD Rach, she's pre-K this year, but this fall I'll start her in Kindy homeschool! :happydance:

02-07-2006, 09:22 AM
I'm a home educator so I selected "other" as K-12 doesn't truly describe what I do each day. Yes; I work with my K-12 children, but I also do special education, college level work, arts and crafts, driver's ed, and self-education. :D

I do believe that most parents are educators. They are the ones that generally teach the abc's, 123's, tying shoes, social behaviour, beginning cooking, fine and gross motor skills. Unfortunately, I see so many parents that are waiting for their children to enter school so someone else can teach them these things. The short time that my kids did attend traditional schooling I was amazed at the number of children entering kindergarden who didn't know how to hold a pencil or crayon!! How can a child get to 5 years old and not have experienced at least crayons????? (sigh)

02-07-2006, 09:26 AM
I'm high school history.

02-07-2006, 11:16 AM
I teach second grade. I've taught for 20 years, second grade for most of that time.

I'm looking forward to summer already, but I do love my job. :cheering:

02-07-2006, 11:34 AM
I'm the Autism Specialist for Secondary Education for the public school system in my area.
I was once a reading teacher (for children with Autism) at a private facility(3 years).
I taught small group special education for one year.

02-07-2006, 12:08 PM
Well cool. So far about half and half. I feel that anyone that works in the education field could qualify for my little poll. But also, homeschoolers are definitely educators.

I taught middle school last year which is my one true love. This year however I am teaching k-5 computers. Yikes. You know you are truly meant to hang with middle schoolers, when the kindergarteners freak you out! I love them, they are sweet, but teaching kindergarten is a special gift!

02-07-2006, 12:30 PM
teaching kindergarten is a special gift!

I agree whole-heartedly. The one year that I taught small group my kids were in K,1, and 2. I learned very quickly that I was meant for the older children.

I guess I'm not nurturing enough or something.

02-07-2006, 03:26 PM
I clicked on "other" as well. I homeschool my eight-year-old daughter. She is in fourth grade and has never set foot in a school or day care center. She is such a great reader and wonderful at math, which makes me feel like quite the "educator"... ;)

02-07-2006, 05:38 PM
I am home educating my children so I marked Educator:other. I suppose I could have marked k-12 but...

02-07-2006, 06:31 PM
I actually clicked "other" because while I don't homeschool anyone or teach at a school or have a degree or anything, I'm always finding myself teaching alot of different people alot of different things, mostly art techniques and styles...and I really should look into getting a degree or something in it, because it happens enough, I might as well get paid for it, right? XD

I've actually been concidering offering classes through Michaels or Hobby Lobby or something...

02-07-2006, 08:57 PM
Right now I am teaching preschool, but have an interview on Thursday for a librarian position at the elementary level. Cross your crossables for me!

You know you are truly meant to hang with middle schoolers, when the kindergarteners freak you out!

I had to laugh at this! I feel that way about middle schoolers. I taught middle school for one year and went running back to elementary! :lol:

02-07-2006, 10:24 PM
I teach 6th 7th and 8th grade general music; this is my 7th year in the classroom. Doing my EdD, like FM; my focus is "teacher leadership". I'm trying to work knitting into my dissertation topic (assssment in the arts), but since I got scolded for KIPing at my residency in Dallas, I dont' think that's gonna happen!

My utmost respect goes to you early elementary people... I totally don't have the patience for kids under, say, 10.

02-12-2006, 10:50 AM
I'm a university professor - Molecular Biology/Genomics.

Teaching and research - both educational.


02-12-2006, 12:53 PM
Adult Education at a local community college for 30 years.

GAWD am I old!

02-12-2006, 03:41 PM
I'm in my last undergrad semester for a BA in Linquistics with TESL emphasis. I have been doing volunteer ESL teaching at a community based program, and I loved it so much I wanted to finish my degree in it.

02-12-2006, 05:14 PM
I've homeschooled our daughter from day one. I've got two in home school right now. Kayeknit, I feel the same. My children amaze me everday! I'm very proud of them. And myself.

I also find myself as the "teacher" in many ways. Although as a teenager I would have never dreamed that teaching would be such a large part of my life.

It really does take many teachers to make this world run.

02-12-2006, 05:56 PM
I answered the poll as a "non-educator" because according to my tax returns I'm a full-time student. BUT I am proud to share that I have started an informal, drop-in bellydance class on campus which has an average of 5 students each week over the past month, most of whom are my peers but not all! I missed taking the classes so much myself, and there were none available. I will never feel like a master of this art but as long as I know a little more than the others around me I want to share!

Also, other students have seen me knitting in class over the past months and I have had many requests for a little knitting class! So I hope to start up a SnB which will include some instruction - and an awful lot of directing people to this website for the videos which are the absolute tops in explaining all knitting techniques!!! I have written my flyer and will mass-email my colleagues next week...wish me luck!!!

SO - onto the underlying motive in this post!

I have never taught knitting, but with all the interest I really want to. I mean, I don't particularly crave actually teaching it, but I really want all these interested people to have a convenient way to start this fabulous addiction (I meant craft) and I think starting a little class on campus is going to be the most effective way to get new knitting friends.

Does anyone else out there who has taught knitting to anyone have any excellent advice??? I've been thinking of good beginning projects and what materials I'll have onhand... but I don't really remember learning to knit from my Gran, it was that long ago - so I don't have a feel for what people's hangups will be! Tips and tricks appreciated!



02-12-2006, 08:30 PM
I voted Education: K-12....we homeschool.

02-12-2006, 09:05 PM
I voted not in education, but again, like a few, I could argue for being an educator, as I am a nanny for 3 under 5. What about us?


02-13-2006, 01:32 PM
Oh I would have definitely said Preschool educator for you I think. :-)

02-13-2006, 02:11 PM
Another homeschooling Mama-I checked other! I also never imagined being a teacher. I wouldn't trade it for the world!

(most days :D )