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You cannot be a selfish teacher

Are you thinking of becoming a teacher?  Well, then you should know that teaching really is the most noble profession on Earth.  However, you should also know that you should not enter into this profession if you have not given it a lot of consideration before doing so.  Of course, if you are a selfish person, then you should know that teaching is definitely not for you.

So, why is it important to know the aforementioned things?  First of all, if you are good at teaching, then it will be one of the most demanding, if not the most demanding, professions that is in existence today.  Therefore, you really do need to understand that this job is not for everyone.  In fact, this job is ideally suited for only a select few group of individuals.  Unfortunately though, most of the people who do become teachers are not a part of this select group of people.

Secondly, you need to know that teaching is a tiring and oftentimes thankless job.  Regardless of what many people have never been teachers think, teaching is a 24/7 job.  It is not a part-time daytime only job like many teachers would have you to believe.  Of course, you do get to be off for summer vacation, winter break, spring break, holidays, snow days, etc.  However, all of these breaks do not amount to much when you have to teach 5 different groups of children, 5 days a week for between 40 and 50 minutes each period.  All of this time is spent with a class that is full of distracted, hormone-possessed adolescents.  On the other hand, if you are teaching younger children, then you will have to spend between 5 and 6 hours a day with children who are needy, fretful and demanding of your attention.

As you can clearly see, teaching truly requires selfless acts on a daily basis.  Therefore, anyone who is selfish will quickly find that this profession does not match their agenda very well.  This is because teaching demands so much of a person’s time and energy, leaving very little of these precious resources for other things.  Therefore, a person really does need to think carefully before they enter into this profession.  They also need to understand and realize that the effects of burn-out can come very fast and very strong.

Of course, there is a silver lining in all of this: teaching is one of the most gratifying professions around.  Herein you will be able to see the impact of a life-changing effect upon a student; the effects of unconditional love; and even the totally unexpectedly return visit from a long-forgotten student, who may have been trouble at one time is now coming to say thank you for changing their life for the better.  There really is no price or value that can be placed upon such invaluable experiences.


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