Teaching fourth grade with style.
I would discourage everyone from becoming a teacher.
NO WAIT!! Hear me out… this job is thankless. No, really. The money is obviously not there, and I’m not even talking about lavish trips or even a trip down to the movie theater, I mean you will literally be living from paycheck to paycheck, if that. The educational system itself is ruthless and at this point probably even more savage than politics. The one thing that makes it all worthwhile is seeing your students succeed… but that won’t happen every day, every week, or every month. If they do though…. it’ll probably be years down the road and you may or may not know about it. Are there beautiful moments in the classroom? Absolutely. Do I enjoy teaching? Yes. Would I break my back for my students? I do. Every day. Even when they cuss me out, when they talk over me, when they sleep through class, when they just… won’t. But I would NEVER, EVER, EVER encourage anyone to be a teacher.
Because the kind of person that has the strength, conviction, ambition, intellect, and passion needed to be a teacher…a great teacher… CANNOT be the kind of person that needs encouragement to do the job. It needs to be the kind of person that is ridiculously INSANE and maniacally ANGERED about the current state of our youth that they will do whatever is necessary to change their life…. despite people telling them to NEVER, EVER, EVER be a teacher.
Perfection. A must-read.
It really frustrates me when behavior problems occur outside of my supervision and my classroom. I know it’s inevitable, but I hate not having firsthand knowledge of what occurs and being blamed for their behavior despite not being there. If you’re the one who’s supposed to be in control of them while I’m gone, why are you rolling your eyes at me about how “bad” they are when you let them get out of control?
I know their behavior is a reflection of me, even when I’m not there, but you have to meet me halfway. I spend so much time disciplining them for things I’m not even present for.
Currently spending my evening making a seating chart for the cafeteria, as per the lunch aides’ request.
I just want to go to sleep.
*insert exhausted gif here*