Teacher’s Day Special: Thirty facts you should definitely know about teachers
September 5, 2014
New Delhi: India celebrates Teacher’s Day on September5 every year on the birthday of Dr Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan. While teachers, for the most part, are undervalued and under-appreciated, there are many facts about teachers that you should definitely know.
A large majority of people have misconceptions about teachers and do not truly understand what it takes to be an effective teacher.
Don’t think that teachers become teachers because they are not smart enough to do anything else. Instead, they become teachers because they are passionate who enjoy making a difference in shaping young people’s lives.
Some things you should definitely know about teachers:
Teachers do not just work from 8-3 with summers off. Most arrive early, stay late, and take papers home to grade. Summers are spent preparing for the next year and at professional development opportunities.
Teachers love students who come to class every day with a good attitude and genuinely want to learn.
Teachers enjoy collaboration, bouncing ideas and best practices off of each other and supporting each other.
Teachers are real people. They have lives outside of school. They have terrible days and good days. They make mistakes.
Teachers want a principal and administration that supports what they are doing, provides suggestions for improvement and values their contributions to their school.
Teachers are continuously evolving. They are always searching for better ways to reach their students.
Teachers are creative and original. No two teachers do things exactly alike. Even when they use another teacher’s ideas they often put their own spin on them.
Teachers hate the political aspects of education.
Teachers enjoy being asked for input on key decisions that the administration will be making. It gives them ownership in the process.
Teachers are not always excited about what they are teaching. There is always some required content that they do not enjoy teaching.
Teachers do have favorites. They may not come out and say it, but there are those students, for whatever reason with whom you have a natural connection.
Teachers get irritated with parents who do not understand that education should be a partnership between themselves and their child’s teachers.
Teachers are control freaks. They hate it when things do not go according to plan.
Teachers understand that individual students and individual classes are different and tailor their lessons to meet those individual needs.
Teachers do not always get along with each other. They may have personality conflicts or disagreements that fuel a mutual dislike.
Teachers appreciate being appreciated. They love it when students or parents do something unexpected to show their appreciation.
Teachers despise standardized testing. They believe it has added unnecessary pressures on themselves and their students.
Teachers do not become teachers because of the pay check. They understand that they are going to be underpaid for what they do.
Teachers hate it when the media focuses on the minority of teachers who screw up, instead of on the majority who consistently show up and do their job on a daily basis.
Teachers love it when they run into former students, and they tell you how much they appreciated what you did for them.
Teachers genuinely want the best for all of their students. They never want to see a child fail.
Teachers hate to grade papers. It is a necessary part of the job, but it also extremely monotonous and time consuming.
Teachers are consistently searching for better ways to reach their students. They are never happy with the status quo.
Teachers often spend their own MONEY for the things they need to run their classroom.
Teachers want to inspire others around them beginning with their students, but also including parents, other teachers, and their administration.
Teachers work in an endless cycle. They work hard to get each student from point A to point B and then start back over the next year.
Teachers understand that classroom management is a part of their job, but it is often one of their least favorite things to handle.
Teachers understand that students DEAL with different, sometimes challenging situations at home and often go above and beyond to help a student cope with those situations.
Teachers love engaging, meaningful professional development and despise time consuming, pointless professional development.
Source: Daily bhaskar