I sat here for quite a while staring at a blank piece of paper asking my self over and over the question, Why do I want to Teach? I’m a fulltime mother so effectively have been a teacher to my son since the day he was born but why teach? There is that question again, so my new career fits in around my son and his school hours. Teaching demands very long hours. Performance inside the classroom is entirely dependent upon how much planning goes into the lesson which is often written outside school hours. So I can have the holidays with him. This is such a misconception, teachers are paid for the time they teach. During holidays teachers are essentially furloughed. Some teachers during this time to supplement their income will teach during the summer, others may supplement their income by getting a summer job just to make ends meet.
Teaching is a one of those jobs that you can influence another person’s life but like many professions such as the emergency services is greatly under valued. Just because you’re a Teacher doesn’t mean you will be respected. There are a lot of reasons that teaching would not be considered a dream job for most. Lesson plans, lazy co-workers, and lazier students, hormones, smart mouths, glossy stares, and of course, papers to grade. Yet, for every pot hole in the pavement of this job, there is a long stretch of beautiful road.
Looking back at my own school years there were teachers I loved and teachers I hated not because of them as individuals but how they taught. What did the teachers I loved have that the others did not? Patience, understanding and the ability to communicate in a way I could understand. In my opinion a passion to teach, is the most important characteristic a teacher should have, Students will get as excited to learn as a teacher with passion will have to teach.
As a student I never fully grasped why anyone would want to teach, you were either loved or hated I also had a narrow view of 3-18 yr olds as the student...