The great writer and philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once stated, “Be an opener of doors for such as come after thee.” He seemed to be calling out to teachers everywhere: the inspirers and fire igniters of future physicians, engineers and small business owners. Every rewarding role comes with some good, bad and awkward moments. Here are 11 signs of being an invested teacher:
It’s a jungle out there and the natives, erm students, are often restless.
Hey, you can always sleep on Saturday! Just not Sunday, that day is for lesson planning.
3. When I try something new and it all goes downhill…
Reflect and revise, reflect and revise, reflect and revise…
Sometimes I wonder who the student is.
I’m going to catch up on sleep for another 20 hours.
7. Being a teacher means getting sick once a month
I used to wonder what it was like to live in a petri dish. Now, I know.
8. When I remember that I get a mid-winter break and a spring break…
Time to plan lessons!
I love these kids (*cries*).
But…but…it’s May and I have been teaching this concept since September!
Remember, the future architects, Nobel laureates and educators are in your hands!
Indeed, teaching is an incredibly difficult but fulfilling occupation. No matter how many snarky comments you must bite your tongue through—remember all the times people say how lucky you are for getting a whole summer off?—or the countless hours you spend grading a bottomless pile of papers and creating awe-inspiring handouts, all good teachers know it’s about the kids. After all, teaching is truly an occupation where you can make a difference in children’s lives.
Stephanie Echeveste is the community manager for the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education’s online Master’s programs, which provides current and aspiring teachers the opportunity to earn a Masters of Education online or Masters in Teaching online. Find out more about USC Rossier Online by following us on Facebook and @USCteacher.