Recently, I was contacted by The Footnotes, a website that strives to provide revolutionising career and study advice in order to help women to not only follow their dreams, but how to actually get there. I was lucky enough to be asked to join the conversation and share my thoughts on what it is like to be a teacher. Below is a snippet of the article, click here to read the entire article.
Teachers have it all. They only work from 9-3, get all those holiday breaks and play with kids all day, right? Wrong. So, so wrong. It amazes me how many people seem to believe this blatant untruth.
Mark Twain said it best in his quote ‘teaching is like trying to hold 35 corks underwater at once.’ A teacher’s work doesn’t begin when the bell rings and certainly doesn’t end when the holidays start. Teachers learn to become experts at timing their toilet breaks and inhaling their lunch. They spend their free time planning engaging activities, scouring the internet to find useful resources, differentiating for each ability level, creating and marking assessments, setting homework, keeping up with countless emails and paperwork, meeting with parents and making displays. Not to mention running clubs at lunch time or after school, chasing students who missed assessments, attending meetings and writing reports … and that’s barely scratching the surface.
Teaching is an innate desire. It isn’t just a job and you definitely don’t become a teacher for the money.