10 Things Future Teachers Are Sick Of Hearing

10 Things Future Teachers Are Sick Of Hearing

Do you know how hard it is to find a job?
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There is one thing I hate about going into education and it is the questions that people ask me! Any time someone finds out that I'm in college and almost done with my degree they always get really excited. Then they deflate and stick their nose up when I tell them that I'm going to be a teacher. I love my future profession and I chose it for me, my future classroom, and students... not for you. Anyone who is aspiring to be a teacher can relate to these annoying questions we often get asked:

1. Are you sure you want to be a teacher?

I truly believe that teaching is the MOST rewarding profession you can go into, so yes I'm sure that I want to do it.

2. Isn't there something else you would rather do?

No, I've been doing all this work for all these years and I will be a teacher. I didn't just pick this career just for kicks.

3. You do know you'll get paid barely anything and have very little benefits?

Yes, thank you for the reminder. I didn't choose to go into teaching for the salary, I chose it because of the difference I want to make in those kids lives.

4. You're going to be overworked and miserable most days.

I'm sure that there will be points where I will feel overworked and probably overwhelmed, while extremely underpaid... But I will NOT be miserable because I am there for a purpose.

5. Do you know how hard it is to find a job?

What? It's hard to find a teaching job? WHO KNEW? But really... many career fields are difficult to find jobs in, but I'm sure I'll find the right fit!

6. Do you have a backup plan?

I think I'll try to succeed in this one first! But thank you for your concern.

7. Wow, you must really like kids. I could never do that job.

Then that's probably why I chose this career and you didn't.

8. Do you know how bad our education system is?


Well, it won't get any better if we don't have dedicated teachers who are willing to try and help fix it!

9. At least you chose a job where you'll get summers off!

Yes, because that's why I chose to go into teaching, for the summers off. (insert eye rolling)

10. Is there anything I could say to convince you to chose another career?

This is the most frequent thing I hear and the most annoying. I am going to be a teacher. That's it, end of story.


Deciding to go into teaching did come with some unexpected things, such as all the comments from the peanut gallery about the decision. But, it's good I decided to go into teaching to make a difference and not for you!

I'm excited about my future and everything I hope to do in my classroom.

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Stop Discourging Future Teachers

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“What do you want to be when you grow up?" It seems like this is the question we heard from the time we were able to talk. Our answers started out as whatever movie or action figure was popular that year. I personally was going to be Cinderella and shoot spider webs out of my wrists at the same time. The next phase was spent choosing something that we read about in a book or saw in movies. We were aspiring to be actors, skydivers, and astronauts.

After we realized NASA may not necessarily be interested in every eager 10-year-old, we went through the unknown stage. This chapter of life can last a year or for some, forever. I personally did not have a long “unknown" stage. I knew I was going to be a teacher, more specifically I knew I wanted to do elementary or special education. I come from a family of educators, so it was no surprise that at all the Thanksgiving and Christmas functions I had actually figured it out. The excitement of knowing what to do with the rest of my life quickly grew and then began to dwindle just as fast.

“Why?"

"Well, looks like you'll be broke all your life."

“That's a lot of paperwork."

“If I could go back and do it again, I wouldn't choose this."

These are just a few replies I have received. The unfortunate part is that many of those responses were from teachers themselves. I get it, you want to warn and prepare us for the road we are about to go down. I understand the stress it can take because I have been around it. The countless hours of grading, preparing, shopping for the classroom, etc. all takes time. I can understand how it would get tiresome and seem redundant. The feeling a teacher has when the principal schedules yet another faculty meeting to talk an hour on what could've been stated in an email… the frustration they experience when a few students seem uncontrollable… the days they feel inadequate and unseen… the sadness they feel when they realize the student with no supplies comes from a broken home… I think it is safe to say that most teachers are some of the toughest, most compassionate and hardworking people in this world.

Someone has to be brave enough to sacrifice their time with their families to spend time with yours. They have to be willing to provide for the kids that go without and have a passion to spread knowledge to those who will one day be leading this country. This is the reason I encourage others to stop telling us not to go for it.

Stop saying we won't make money because we know. Stop saying we will regret it, because if we are making a difference, then we won't. Stop telling us we are wasting our time, when one day we will be touching hearts.

Tell us to be great, and then wish us good luck. Tell us that our passion to help and guide kids will not go unnoticed. Tell us that we are bold for trying, but do not tell us to change our minds.

Teachers light the path for doctors, police officers, firefighters, politicians, nurses, etc. Teachers are pillars of society. I think I speak for most of us when I say that we seek to change a life or two, so encourage us or sit back and watch us go for it anyways.

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What Is Life After College?

The question that everyone has at one point in there life.

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Sure I have figured out my major but what happens after I get the major?

*if you haven't read my article about my major choice go check it out!*

It's a reasonable question though, what happens after the major? Being in a IAS major and taking such a wide variety of classes its hard to answer peoples big question which is "What type of job are you going to get with this major?" and honestly I really don't know. Now think about this for a second if my major is all over the place with the classes I can take, wouldn't it be a reasonable guess that maybe my work choice could be all over the place as well? Because it is very true, so here is my list of things I enjoy.

1. Cooking/Baking

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The people who know me they know I enjoy doing both of these things. The only problem I see is that if you go and work at a restaurant than you have no creativity which is the best part of cooking or baking.

2. Early Childhood Development

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Little kids are awesome in my opinion. The little babies until the age of about kindergarten–1st grade is a cool age. Now, I couldn't be a teacher because that isn't my major and includes much more school, but would I be able to do other things with kids that age (daycare, or that type of thing)? or would I have to go and get additional learning in Early Childhood Development.

3. Something to do with writing

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I have somehow gotten into this world of writing and I have no idea where that came from, but when it comes to writing I could literally write about anything. Food. Coffee. World issues. Random Stuff. There are a lot of possibilities, but can I really see myself writing for the rest of my life?

4. True Crime Shows

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The amount of different crime shows I watch is ridiculous, and I am not talking about Criminal Minds or NCIS (even though those shows are also good) I am talking about actual true crime. Some of the shows are Dateline, 48 hours (I don't personally watch), Making a Murderer, Snapped, Forensic Files, and many many more. There are many documentaries that are also about true crime and the amount of those I watch is also high.

Why do I like these types of shows? Really, I'm not sure. Some thing about it is just interesting. Why these people decided to kill other people. How the crimes were solved or on some occasions framed. The forensics of it all because every case has different types of forensics used. The whole physiological part of why someone does what they do is interesting. I am just very intrigued by these types of shows and the stories that come with them.

5. Photography

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This isn't something that I could see anything happening with just photography itself but it would possibly come in handy with some of these ideas above.

Currently I am a lost little college student trying to finish my major, while thinking about what the heck am I going to do with the rest of my life.

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