Things No One Tells You About Being a Teacher

Things No One Tells You About Being a TeacherEvery kid wants to be a contributing member of society when they grow up. That’s why you hear things like “I want to be a doctor, or a fireman, or a police officer, or… A teacher.” But the thing about childhood dreams is that as a child, they will always seem more romantic. You’re never going to get a complete view. For example, as a fireman you will be away from your family a lot, staying all night at the station. As a doctor, you have around 10 years of post-secondary education AFTER high school. And as a police officer, the pay is not as good as it should be for the work that you’re doing.

However, I CAN tell you what a teacher’s life is like firsthand, and the “perception vs. reality” that goes with this job. Here are a few things no one tells you about being a teacher:

You Get a LOT of Time Off

Let me preface this by saying that teachers do have to work really hard during the school season. Your weekend will be filled with lesson planning, as will most of your nights. However, your work schedule follows the school season. Which means that you get basically May-August totally off. You also get Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks, as well as all random school day. This is GREAT news for me; I’m a big fan of wilderness camping, so I have months where I can go on adventures to my heart’s content. I just stocked up on machetes from Ask Lancelot for my South American trip this upcoming break… There aren’t many jobs where you can plan your vacation so far in advance and be sure of getting it! So, while we do work hard, we are also rewarded with plenty of off time to feel better.

Lesson Planning

Lesson planning will take over your life as a teacher. You will be ending up spending so much more time than you think planning for the week, the next day, and the whole semester. Did you have any teachers in school that mostly just played movies during class time? It’s because the alternative is NOT spending time with your family and hanging out with them because you have lessons to plan. I didn’t know how much of my time would be spent doing this. It’s satisfying to plan and make it happen, but it is time-consuming.

The Students

You will have every type of student in your classroom. There will be those that really care, those that really DON’T care, and those that are just strange. But every type of student will give you new stories. The good ones will warm your heart, the bad one will… Make you angry, and the strange ones will make you either confused or laugh. It takes all kinds to make a world! But if you love teaching, it is because of the students. They are what makes the job rewarding at the end of the day.

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