What is Teachers: Definition and 79 Discussions

A teacher (also called a schoolteacher or formally, an educator) is a person who helps students to acquire knowledge, competence or virtue.
Informally the role of teacher may be taken on by anyone (e.g. when showing a colleague how to perform a specific task).
In some countries, teaching young people of school age may be carried out in an informal setting, such as within the family (homeschooling), rather than in a formal setting such as a school or college.
Some other professions may involve a significant amount of teaching (e.g. youth worker, pastor).
In most countries, formal teaching of students is usually carried out by paid professional teachers. This article focuses on those who are employed, as their main role, to teach others in a formal education context, such as at a school or other place of initial formal education or training.

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  1. jedishrfu

    Is ChatGPT Becoming Teachers' Favorite Tool for AI Writing?

    Teachers embrace ChatGPT https://www.forbes.com/sites/emmawhitford/2023/03/25/how-chatgpt-is-fast-becoming-the-teachers-pet/?sh=60c039af5177
  2. gleem

    Attention High School Students and Teachers

    The Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics (http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/about/about-perimeter ) is holding a question and answer session "Inspiring Future Women in Science – Live Q&A" for students and teachers on careers in science on February 11. In celebration of the UN...
  3. J

    Question for STEM high school teachers — What do you like and dislike?

    As a STEM teacher at a public high school, what are some things you like and dislike about your job?
  4. H

    Outlets for highly-experienced Teachers and/or Directors?

    Hi, I'm the Administrative Coordinator for a rapidly-growing STEM camp & afterschool education program (NYC based) that is beginning to look for Site Directors for the upcoming winter and summer camps. Does anyone know any sites or places I should look into where people of said-experience hang...
  5. A

    What could elementary school teachers do to better prepare students?

    Physics forums members have ranted how high-school did not prepare students for college. However, I think that elementary school is as equally as important as high-school. Members have should be ranting about elementary school teachers too. The willingness to do homework is a skill that students...
  6. matqkks

    I How to introduce quadratic residues?

    What is the most motivating way to introduce quadratic residues? I would like some concrete examples which have an impact. This is for first year undergraduates doing an elementary number theory course. They have done Diophantine equations, solved linear congruences, primitive roots.
  7. P

    Does the world need more teachers?

    Education is a lifelong goal, for me. I have rarely met anyone who doesn't need to educate themselves more on a subject or matter, otherwise, we're in the twilight zone of sages and masters, which are rare and few. Even Aristotle, who one of my philosophy teachers told me, was the last man who...
  8. F

    TV based education instead of Human teachers?

    I have thinking about this issue quite a lot recently; Imagine a class of students where students don't ask any questions to teacher; All of the communication is only from teacher to students. ( I myself have attended such classes when I was a student.) In such class why teacher can not be...
  9. robphy

    AAPT 2017 Summer Meeting-Cincinnati, OH (Jul 22-26, 2017)

    The AAPT Winter Meeting in Atlanta ( https://www.aapt.org/Conferences/wm2017/ ) is going on now. Unfortunately, this meeting was scheduled for now [in the middle of the semester], rather than its usual time in January [during my break]. So, I wasn't able to make it. However, the website for the...
  10. A

    Are Professors' Quirky Classroom Comments Insightful or Just Funny?

    I wonder if anyone has some fun or interesting stories about their high school or university physics teachers. In my case there are several, and some of these teachers had tremendous reputations. These were actual professors of mine, so I know this is not apocryphal. Of course I will never...
  11. J

    Mathematicians that also were good teachers?

    I will try to explain what I mean. There are scientists that publish their professional work in a manner suitable only for the expert, and it is really difficult for a beginner to follow what they have published. But there are some of them that write their scientific work in a way that is...
  12. klotza

    American Association of Physics Teachers meeting next week

    Is anyone going to this conference, in New Orleans? I'm going as an invited speaker. Should be fun!
  13. Alpharup

    How can developing countries attract quality teachers from developed countries?

    I don't know if it is a correct sub-forum to ask but I have doubts. In STEM, developing countries do need quality professors or skilled persons. This leads to innovation and start of service-oriented sectors. This leads to improved quality of life for all these people. Now my question is, what...
  14. Dopplershift

    What do physics teachers do in the summer?

    As I am considering becoming a high school physics teacher, I am wondering what physics teachers do for work in the summer? Do you work in labs, or do you do jobs unrelated to physics? Thanks!
  15. P

    Can High School Physics Teachers Teach Non-Empirical Concepts?

    Are high school physics teachers only allowed to teach physics that is strictly empirical?
  16. basiel

    What challenges do science teachers faces when teaching science?

    what challenges do science teacher face in teaching science.
  17. H

    Difference in Pay for HS Teachers vs Private Sector Job

    Is anyone familiar with the difference in pay for high school teachers vs. applying your skills in private sector workforce? For instance, are there tax benefits that teachers receive that can be quantified vs. those of say some analyst (if they make the same pay)? What about pensions? Are...
  18. Feodalherren

    Teachers, why online homework?

    I realize that there is significantly less grading to do for professors with online homework. The program does everything for you. However, from a student's perspective I absolutely abhor it. It makes me want to go postal when I have to re-do questions because of round of error (sometimes the...
  19. kyphysics

    Are bully math teachers more common than in other academic subjects?

    I had a discussion with two friends over this topic the other night and they argue/claim that in math you see bully teachers more so than in other academic subjects. I reminded them that they were basing their observations on a relatively small and anecdotal sample size, but it nevertheless...
  20. George Jones

    Rules for Female Teachers (1915)

    Source: the website of University of Toronto's The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, http://fcis.oise.utoronto.ca/~daniel_sch/assignment1/1915rules.html
  21. zoobyshoe

    Teachers More Likely to Develop Speech Disorders

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/10/131015094508.htm I find this baffling. Is the implication that people with latent progressive speech disorder are attracted to teaching, or is it that teaching exacerbates some universal vulnerability to this condition?
  22. J

    Calling all physics teachers: interesting kinematics lessons?

    I am not sure where else to post this. Hopefully this is not in the wrong place. I am student teaching in a physics classroom this week. I will be teaching about scalars vs. vectors, calculating average velocity, and calculating acceleration. As I plan my lessons, I've realized they are...
  23. Femme_physics

    Machine parts, conic clutch two teachers, two different results

    Machine parts, conic clutch...two teachers, two different results! :( So a friend of mine who studies for the same test scanned me his teacher's solution to a problem they solved in class. We solved the same problem with a different teacher. I could really use your help to figure out who out of...
  24. T

    Seeking a Constructivist Geometry Textbook for Preservice Teachers

    I could not post this to the resource forums, so I am posting it here. I am looking for a Geometry textbook for pre-service teachers. The text ideally should incorporate some constructivist practices and the use of technology to help visualize geometry problems. Most of the teachers will be...
  25. A

    MS Physics Programs for Teachers?

    Hello everyone! I have a BS in physics as well as an AZ teaching license and am currently teaching high school physics/math. I plan to get a master's in the next few years and would rather earn one in my content area than in education. I can't seem to find any programs that would allow me to...
  26. S

    How teachers and tutors use forum posts?

    I haven't taken a course in years, so I don't know how modern teachers and tutors use the internet. It occurs to me that one interesting exercise would be to have a student ask a question on various forums, collect the posted answers and then have the student or the class critique them. Anyone...
  27. Ackbach

    MHB Interesting Blog Post for Math Teachers

    Thought this Tim Gowers post was quite interesting.
  28. F

    Undergraduate Good Physics program with good math teachers

    I have a 11 grader who is interested in pursing physics for his undergraduate experience, if twelve grade Calculus and AP Physics goes well. He is very teacher dependent in math. If he has a good teacher, he does well in the class. He aced physics. It comes naturally to him. He has...
  29. M

    I have been given ap project by my teachers to show the ratio between

    i have been given ap project by my teachers to show the ratio between velocity and torque . i.e i have to show the gear ratio in my project. can some one tell me whether the ratio b/w torque and velocity remains constant if we use different number of gears . also if some one can give me any...
  30. U

    Teachers, professors, instructors and students.

    Having long passed the age of 16 and well into my early 20's I've finally decided to start learning algebra > geometry > trig and eventually calculus. I'm 2 weeks into teaching myself algebra and I have a question for the professors. When teaching students, what is the most common problems that...
  31. M

    Teachers giving as little information as possible

    Hello, I am wondering, from a pedagogical point of view, would professors give as little information to the student's. What I mean is, what is the point of deriving a bunch of equations during lecture, and then giving problems not related to a derivation of an equation on the test. I mean...
  32. D

    Schools Which universities have great teachers?

    Greetings, I am the eleventh grade doing the IB program in Karachi, Pakistan. I was wondering which universities around the world have good Mathematics/Physics teachers. I am open to pretty much any country, although I am a Canadian Citizen. If anyone can tell me where I would get the best...
  33. J

    I dont understand teachers Severe attention deficit help please.

    I don't understand teachers! Severe attention deficit help please!. Hello. I am an electrical engineer student in the 1st year. In all classes, when the teacher is explaining i never get anything of what he is saying. The other people seem to understand well in classes. According to some...
  34. N

    Should I switch schools because of unfair grading policies?

    Points taken off in math and science courses for things that have nothing to do with either math or science The math teacher will not let you take the quiz if you come to class without your book, because he does not write the questions on the board. He refuses to. Also even if you are just...
  35. S

    Favorite Teacher: Share Your Story & Experiences

    Saw a thread about name calling and mean teachers, but didn't see one for favorite teachers. So, question, what is your favorite teacher like? How did he/she teach and handle the class?
  36. J

    For math, would you say that most teachers give partial credit ?

    In math have you ever had a teacher who gives no partial credit ?
  37. Z

    My teachers say this trick (regularization) is not valid

    i want to compute the integral \iint_{D} f(x,y)dxdy here f(x,y) is a Rational function and the integral is DIVERGENT. in order to regularize i had the following idea , i introduce a regulator \int_{D} \frac{f(x,y)}{(x^{2}+y^{2}+1)^{s}}dxdy so for big 's' the integral is convergent i make...
  38. B

    Active Teachers and PhD Programs in Physics Education

    Seeing how dead the educators and teaching forum is, I was just wondering how many active members of the forums are current teachers, and what level? I am currently a high school physics teacher, with some experience as a class TA during undergrad. I am starting on a master in science...
  39. D

    Physics What countries pay their physics teachers the most?

    I'm looking to live abroad for a while and save up some money before starting grad school. I have a bachelors in physics and philosophy and I think I'd enjoy working as a physics teacher at the high-school level; are there any countries (preferably with a substantial english-speaking population)...
  40. L

    Schools Do the teachers at 4 year colleges usually give study guides for exams?

    (For engineering / math classes) at some of the 4 year colleges, (in California or anywhere really,) what is the semester usually like as far as review days before tests, study guides for exams and tests, and quizzes? Do the teachers provide any of the above? And also, do you usually have...
  41. P

    Physics Why do some physics majors become high school teachers?

    I'm not downplaying the idea by any means, I'm just curious of the motive behind it.
  42. B

    Gravitational potential energy question (that my teachers can't explain)

    Homework Statement Hi everybody, this is a conceptual question about gravitational potential energy that my textbook and high school teacher seem to give incomplete answers. The problem involves two masses m_{1} and m_{2}, where m_{2} > m_{1}, which are both at a radius R from the Earth's...
  43. O

    Intermediate Math Teachers and Students

    Hello All, I am doing an inquiry project that looks at how we use technology in our mathematics classrooms. I would really appreciate your help in answering a short survey for me, you can find it here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZZ2X23T If there are any questions, please feel free to...
  44. J

    Schools Love most of my teachers right now in high school

    I love most of my teachers right now in high school. They're really helpful and make the class fun and exciting. How are college professors? I know that every professor differs in personality, but what are some cool experiences you've had in the college classroom? Joe
  45. L

    Do your teachers allow for any use of open book/notes for tests?

    What level of math are you in, also, is it at a 2 year college or a university? How about other math classes (after trigonometry) ?
  46. ZapperZ

    Female Teachers’ Math Anxiety Affects Girls’ Math Achievement

    Did anyone manage to read http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100126/ap_on_sc/us_sci_fear_of_figures" ? It seems that a new study has shown that if a female math teach is unsure of her own math skills, her female students tend to be more susceptible to accept that boys are better at math than girls...
  47. M

    How do we alleviate the shortage of qualified physics teachers?

    (Apologies if this is long, perhaps you can just cherry-pick the parts that are interesting to you...) By all accounts, it seems there is a worldwide shortage of qualified physics teachers. It has been claimed that this shortage is due to low wages, poor working conditions, lack of support from...
  48. N

    Why is their an oversaturation of unqualified science teachers in US high schools?

    Of all the complaints that I hear about when the topic of public school teaching is being discussed , the subtopic that always seems to come up is the lack of qualified science teachers that are teaching in public high schools, especially physics teachers. What can be done to address this...
  49. F

    Teachers: Complex Intellectuals with Simple Emotional Needs

    I've noticed something: Most teachers have very complex intellectual needs but are still humans and have very simple emotional needs. A little background: I'm currently taking an intro physics course. I'm not a physics major, I am a computer science major, but this seemed like an appriopriate...
  50. R

    X value closest to origin - phases difference - answer does not match teachers

    Homework Statement Two sinusoidal waves in a string are defined by the functions y1 " (2.00 cm) sin(20.0x # 32.0t) and y2 " (2.00 cm) sin(25.0x # 40.0t) where y1, y2, and x are in centimeters and t is in seconds. (a) What is the phase difference between these two waves at the point x " 5.00 cm...