An Open Letter to the Future Teachers

An Open Letter to the Future Teachers

I hope you're not just doing this for the summer break.
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So you're majoring in education. Whether it's elementary education or high school English, you've got an important job to do.

Teaching is a calling. It is not a job to be taken lightly, and it most certainly is not a backup plan. Teachers have to passionate enough about their students to stick it out. This is not an easy job, nor is it a job that deserves to be neglected in the eyes of the world. Teachers work hard. Teachers are not paid near enough for the work they do, and that's why you have to be passionate. That's why you have to be called.

Teaching is hard work. It comes with paperwork, grading, lesson plans, and a lot of "adopted" children. Teaching is not an 8am-3pm job. Teachers take their work with them everywhere they go. Whether it's grading papers on a Saturday night or waking up fifteen minutes earlier to get to the printer first that morning. Sometimes it's about that work the students don't see. It's not standing in front of a board teaching multiplication tables or the scientific method. It's a lot more than that.

Teaching is not about you. It will never be about you. This job is about pure selflessness and sacrifice for the care of your students. There are days you won't always be able to reach out to your students. There are days you have to be quiet about what you believe. There are days you won't be able to care for your students as much as you want to. There are going to be kids you can't stand and kids you can't stand to see leave. There will be days you hate your job and days you love it, but the bad days make the good ones that much sweeter.

Teaching has the ability to change lives. Some of you are becoming teachers because of the influence some of your teachers had on you. The simple truth is that teachers impact the world every day. Yes, teachers will teach the future doctors, engineers, and CEOs, but it's always going to be a lot more than that. Teaching is a ministry. It's a job solely based on attitude and actions. It's a job where sometimes it may not feel as if you are able to have those bad days.

It takes a tough person to be a teacher. It takes somebody kind and compassionate, so children are able to feel taken care of. It takes somebody stern and punctual, so children aren't able to walk all over you. It takes somebody called, so people know you're in it for the long haul. The simple truth is, there are kids that are going to need you and kids that won't. There are kids you'll share your heart with and others just your knowledge, but both types of kids are important, and both types of students need a teacher like you.

It's not going to be easy, but I think one day, you'll look back and see all of the students you had, some of whom you still keep up with, some of whom changed your perspective, some of whom made it worth it, and you'll know why you were called. You'll understand that this profession is hard and draining, but you'll understand the importance of why you were called. There is no other teacher like you, and I know your future students can't wait to meet you.

*In the picture of this article is none other than my high school Math teacher, Mrs. Jones. She is kind, funny, and took real good care of me throughout my high school experience. She's a teacher who makes the impact, and a teacher who makes me want to do the same for my future students. Thank you, Mama Jones, for truly being the best. I love you!*

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3 Reasons Why Step Dads Are Super Dads

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I often hear a lot of people complaining about their step-parents and wondering why they think that they have any authority over them. Although I know that everyone has different situations, I will be the first to admit that I am beyond blessed to have a step dad. Yep, I said it. My life wouldn't be the same that it is not without him in it. Let me tell you why I think step dads are the greatest things since sliced bread.

1. They will do anything for you, literally.

My stepdad has done any and every thing for me. From when I was little until now. He was and still is my go-to. If I was hungry, he would get me food. If something was broken, he would fix it. If I wanted something, he would normally always find a way to get it. He didn't spoil me (just sometimes), but he would make sure that I was always taken care of.

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2. Life lessons.

Yup, the tough one. My stepdad has taught me things that I would have never figured out on my own. He has stood beside me through every mistake. He has been there to pick me up when I am down. My stepdad is like the book of knowledge: crazy hormonal teenage edition. Boy problems? He would probably make me feel better. He just always seemed to know what to say. I think that the most important lesson that I have learned from my stepdad is: to never give up. My stepdad has been through three cycles of leukemia. He is now in remission, yay!! But, I never heard him complain. I never heard him worry and I never saw him feeling sorry for himself. Through you, I found strength.

3. He loved me as his own.

The big one, the one that may seem impossible to some step parents. My stepdad is not actually my stepdad, but rather my dad. I will never have enough words to explain how grateful I am for this man, which is why I am attempting to write this right now. It takes a special kind of human to love another as if they are their own. There had never been times where I didn't think that my dad wouldn't be there for me. It was like I always knew he would be. He introduces me as his daughter, and he is my dad. I wouldn't have it any other way. You were able to show me what family is.

So, dad... thanks. Thanks for being you. Thanks for being awesome. Thanks for being strong. Thanks for loving me. Thanks for loving my mom. Thanks for giving me a wonderful little sister. Thanks for being someone that I can count on. Thanks for being my dad.

I love you!

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Crossroads

Trying to figure out what to do in life.

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I never saw the crossroad

Where I could cross n' roam

Under an arch or dome. [1]

I just kept on the road

That was laid out,

Told to hold out

Till it pays out. [2]

Now I think its too late

Been walking too long,

Classes are all wrong

But masses too strong. [3]

So I follow with my head down

And chest up, succeeding cause

I'm too scared to fuck it up. [4]

But I have a need to lead,

Top-down and gears up

Leaving nothing to the dust.

But if I drop out, I'm a fuck up. [5]

Is it better to live and rust

Or drive till it busts

With trust you can find the way? [6]


[1] - Play on roam/Rome. Starts the poem by expressing the feeling of being trapped in my path in life. I felt like I never got the chance to figure out what I wanted to do.

[2] - I think a lot of it was I was following what people told me I should be doing.

[3] - I have a feeling that it is too late to change my course of life. I'm in a college for business, taking classes about business, and everyone around me wants to do business.

[4] - This is saying that even though I am not passionate about what I am doing I am still trying to succeed only because I'm scared of failing or quitting.

[5] - I want to leave and lead myself, do something where I'm not following but I don't know how to do that. This part starts a car reference, idk I've been watching Formula 1 on Netflix and its dope.

[6] - This is the question I've been asking myself, wondering if I should continue on with my path or follow my passion.

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