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About being a teacher


About being a teacher

A friend gave to me this story and I want to share it with you. Itīs all soooooo true!

" A young substitute teacher sat beside me in the teacherīs cafeteria. She was to start her regular teaching career in September and could I offer her any advice?

Find what you love and do it. Thatīs what it boils down to. I admit I didnīt always love teaching. I was out of my depth. Youīre on your own in the classroom, one man or woman facing five classes every day, five classes of teenagers. One unit of energy against one hundred and seventy-five units of energy, one hundred and seventy-five ticking bombs, and you have to find ways of saving your own life. They may like you, they may even love you, but they are young and it is the business of the young to push the old off the planet. I know Iīm exaggerating but itīs like a boxer going into the ring or a bullfighter into the arena. You can be knocked out or gored and thatīs the end of your teaching career. But if you hang on you learn the tricks. Itīs hard but you have to make yourself comfortable in the classroom. You have to be selfish. The airlines tell you if oxygen fails you are to put on your mask first, even if your instinct is to save the child.

The classroom is a place of high drama. Youīll never know what youīve done to, or for, the hundreds coming and going. You see them leaving the classroom: dreamy, flat, sneering, admiring, smiling, puzzled. After a few years you develop antennae. You can tell when youīve reached them or alienated them. Itīs chemistry. Itīs psychology. Itīs animal instinct. You are with the kids and, as long as you want to be a teacher, thereīs no escape. Donīt expect help from the people whoīve escaped the classroom, the higher-ups. Theyīre busy going to lunch and thinking higher thoughts. Itīs you and the kids. So, thereīs the bell. See you later. Find what you love and do it.

10 Feb 2009      


You are soooooo right. xxxx  I think I will get that framed. he he
Gruß Jeanette xx

10 Feb 2009     


I couldnīt agree more....
Wonderful message..
Thanx a lot.

10 Feb 2009