How ChatGPT can help teachers

As technology continues to advance, it has become clear that it is changing the way we live and work. One such advancement is the development of ChatGPT, a large language model trained by OpenAI. As ChatGPT becomes more widely used, it is important to consider its potential impact on teachers and our profession.

ChatGPT is an artificial intelligence tool that can generate text responses to a wide range of queries, including educational questions. This means that it has the potential to become a valuable resource for teachers. With the ability to provide instant answers to questions and offer personalized learning experiences, ChatGPT could have a significant impact on the way teachers approach education.

One potential impact of ChatGPT on teachers is that it could help to reduce our workload.

Teachers often spend a significant amount of time answering questions from students, grading papers, and preparing lesson plans. ChatGPT could help to automate some of these tasks, allowing teachers to focus on more important aspects of their work, such as providing personalized feedback to students and developing innovative teaching strategies.

With the ability to provide instant answers to questions and offer personalized learning experiences, ChatGPT could help to ensure that students have access to accurate and up-to-date information. This could help to improve their understanding of key concepts and enable them to learn at their own pace.


Furthermore, ChatGPT could help to democratize education by providing access to educational resources to individuals who may not have access to traditional educational institutions. This could be particularly beneficial for individuals living in remote or underprivileged areas who may not have access to high-quality educational resources. By providing access to educational resources, ChatGPT could help to level the playing field and ensure that all individuals have the opportunity to learn and grow.

ChatGPT is not a replacement for teachers

While it has the potential to provide valuable educational resources, it cannot replace the human connection that teachers bring to the classroom. Teachers play a critical role in shaping the minds of their students and providing them with the guidance and support they need to succeed. ChatGPT can be a valuable tool, but it cannot replace the expertise and experience of a qualified teacher.

Will ChatGPT cause a problem with cheating and plagiarism?

Unfortunately, I think so. It is so new right now that we don’t even know what we don’t know yet, but I did have a student admit that he typed in “write an essay about the theme of storytelling in Life of Pi” into ChatGPT and it worked. He didn’t use it, but admitted that others were thinking about how it can make their lives easier in terms of writing.

Curious, I gave it a try myself. With the same search — “write an essay about the theme of storytelling in Life of Pi”–ChatGPT wrote a reasonable essay on the topic. It didn’t include quotes and was not MLA formatted, but man was it scary to see an essay like that pop up on the screen in less than a minute. To test it further I added “write an essay about the theme of storytelling in Life of Pi with quotes from the text.” Rather than writing an essay with quotes from the text it listed quotes from the text that related to the theme, something students could definitely take advantage of.

I’m really not sure how I feel about ChatGPT just yet, and I plan to follow up this article with another addressing the possible challenges ChatGPT may cause for teachers, particularly writing teachers.

How would you feel if ChatGPT wrote this article? Well it did; it wrote everything up to the “Will ChatGPT cause a problem with cheating and plagiarism?” section (although I did go in and make edits). It seems to like itself quite a lot.

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I am a National Board Certified educator currently teaching in Virginia. I have taught the following: English 9, 10, 11, and 12 (on academic, collaborative, and honors levels); Dual Enrollment English; Mass Communications, Yearbook, Newspaper, and Communications Technology. I have experience in five different school systems, four in Virginia and one in Maryland. I served as my school’s 2019 Teacher of the Year and was a top five finalist for the Teacher of the Year for Virginia Beach City Public Schools. I am passionate about recruiting and retaining quality educators in our public schools. Let me help you find your path to changing lives through teaching!

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