Teaching is not for wimps…..

We are now at another half term. Only one term left to go. I’ve said it so many times before, but I’m going to say it again…..where on earth has the time gone?

Days are brimming with so many things to do, so many items to tick off, people to call, meetings to attend, events to be a part off….. The list goes on and on!

This is what it means to be in education….

People really don’t understand how tiring teaching is until they actually try it. Lately, I have been a part of so many conversations always alluding to the fact that we have it so easy. They talk about holidays and our hours. Sometimes there are comments that are so quick and sometimes meant in jest, that would infuriate any teacher to the core.

People don’t understand that as teachers we are on a stage all day. We are actors, the best. We don’t get to sit down at a desk, or close our door when we need a moment to ourselves. No matter what is going on in our lives, we have to push it all aside and put our best foot forward, engaging a class full of children with a lesson that ensures every child is ‘learning’ something new. We don’t only do this one time a day, but all day. You think we have an hour long lunch, but usually it is only a quick ten minute rush after sorting out friendship issues or helping a group of children with a concept they didn’t understand.

Then in the evenings there is marking to be done, lesson planning for the next day and in the middle of the night we are usually awake thinking about a particular child that is worrying us.

We never get a chance to fully switch off.

Teaching is not an easy job….many people can’t do it, or leave because they can’t handle the stress or the workload.

For those people who always question how difficult teaching is, I would like to challenge them to try it for a month to see how they get on.

Teaching is a demanding job…..a rewarding job, but one that requires a certain kind of spirit and charisma.

Are you up to it?

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