Recently I asked my students to give an oral presentation on the job of their choice. I was surprised to see how many chose to talk about teaching, but in retrospect it’s probably the job they see the most of and therefore feel they know the best – and so probably thought they had less preparation to do!
Apart from all the stuff about working 8am to 4pm and having weekends and holidays off, and being well-paid (where did that idea come from??!) they said some things that made me stop to think…Teachers must feel sad when students don’t care about their class.
Teachers need to feel passionately about their subject.
Teachers do the job to feel proud of their students when they succeed, like they would their children.
Teachers need inter-personal skills – to get on with the other teachers.
All teachers hate marking – it’s the worst part of the job.
Teachers enjoy passing on their knowledge.
Teachers choose this job because they like kids (and holidays!).
Finally, of course teachers need to be creative, patient and organised.
Interesting! Not sure I agree with all of them and I certainly hadn’t considered them all. What do you think?