When Does Teaching Stop

When Does Teaching Stop

What teaching really is.
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As many of you know, being a teacher isn't something that people congratulate you on when they ask what your major in college is. Especially if you are an education major in Oklahoma. I always love the responses I get such as "Oh, you better marry rich" and "Well you are too smart for that." My favorite one of all time is “You are going to be broke for the rest of your life." Hearing all these things makes future teachers feel awful that we chose the profession just because it isn't as high paying as a doctor or lawyer. Teachers do so much and get recognized for so little. They deserve way more than they get in pay, respect and support.

To become a teacher is the hardest thing to do and most people don't understand. In the state of Oklahoma, you have to pass three exams and 10 competencies, which are an equivalent to an essay, along with making either an A or B in most of the classes you take. There is so much information that it is a 4 1/2 year degree instead of a four year degree. People don't understand that becoming a teacher is hard but so rewarding. Teachers do a lot of things parents and people don't realize they do. This job doesn't end at 3 p.m. and pick up at 8 a.m. the next day, it requires taking home papers, staying late at school, taking lesson plans home, and so much more. It is a full time job and even though school is only in session for nine months teachers work year round learning new material and getting their classrooms ready for the next school year. There are always conferences to go to and the curriculum changes constantly. Not only do they have to teach to each kid's individual learning style and make sure every single kid is performing the best of their ability. It is a hard job and people just don't understand that.

Another quality for this profession is you have to be dedicated and passionate about the kids, teenagers and even adults that are being taught. It takes a special kind of person that has patience and is kind. Kids and teenagers need those people that truly care about them so they will succeed. There are many things I am still learning about this profession, but what I have learned is that teaching means keeping crackers in your desk for the kids who don't eat before school because they don't have the money, keeping extra clothes and hygiene products for those kids who don't always have clean clothes or smell great every day, and keeping extra money on you for those privilege days so one kid doesn't feel left out or worried that other kids will make fun of them because they can't afford a dollar for pop.

Teaching is so much more then what people see. Teachers deserve respect, love and support for what they are doing. Next time someone says they are becoming a teacher say oh great you will make a great one or awesome choice. Remember that not every profession is glorious, but if a profession has kids coming back to you 10 years saying "I am graduating because you believed in me," then that is worth more than any amount of money. Show respect to all teachers and remember they are spending so much more time and money than anyone could ever think of. Tell a teacher you love them and respect them today because they need support too.

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To All Incoming Freshmen, When You Get To College, Please Don't Be THAT Freshman

I am pretty sure we all know who I'm talking about.

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As we are all counting down the days to return to campus, students are looking forward to meeting new people and reuniting with old friends. And then, there is the freshman.

We have all been there. The eagerness and excitement have been slowly building up through months of summer vacation, all waiting for this moment. I understand the anxiousness, enthusiasm, and insecurities. The opportunity to meet new people and explore a new area is very intriguing. But let's be real, you are here to make memories and get an education. So here are a few pieces of advice from a former college freshman.

1. Don't be that freshman who follows their significant other to college

This is the boy or girl who simply can not think for themselves. The 17-year-old puts their own personal goals and interests aside to sacrifice for a six-month high school relationship. This will more than likely end at an end of semester transfer after the relationship has been tested for a month or two in college life. So if you want to really enjoy your freshman year, make your own decisions and do what is best for you.

2. Don't be that freshman who lets their parents pick their major

"You are not going to school just to waste my money."

This is a statement you might have heard from your parents. As true as it might seem, this is definitely not a good way to start your college years. If you are not majoring in something you can see yourself doing, you are wasting your time. You can major in biology, go to medical school, and make the best grades. But if deep down you don't want to be a doctor, you will NOT end up being a good doctor. When it comes to picking your major, you really have to follow your heart.

3. Don't be that freshman who gets overwhelmed with the first taste of freedom

Yes. It is all very exciting. You don't have a curfew, you don't have rules, you don't have anyone constantly nagging you, but let's not get carried away. Don't be the freshman who gets a tattoo on the first night of living on your own. Don't be the freshman who tries to drink every liquor behind the bar. Don't be the freshman who gets caught up being someone that they aren't. My best advice would be to take things slow.

4. Don't be that freshman who starts school isolated in a relationship

I'm not telling you not to date anyone during your freshman year. I am saying to not cut yourself off from the rest of the world while you date someone. Your first year on campus is such an amazing opportunity to meet people, but people are constantly eager to start dating someone and then only spend time with that person.

Be the freshman who can manage time between friends and relationships.

5. Don't be that freshman who can't handle things on their own

It is your first year on your own. Yes, you still need help from your parents. But at this point, they should not be ordering your textbooks or buying your parking pass. If you need something for a club or for class, YOU should handle it. If you're having roommate problems, YOU should handle it, not your parents. This is the real world and college is a great time for you to start building up to be the person you want to be in the future, but you can't successfully do that if your parents still deal with every minor inconvenience for you.

6. Don't be that freshman who only talks to their high school friends

I know your high school was probably amazing, and you probably had the coolest people go there. However, I believe that college is a great time to be on your own and experience new things. Meeting new people and going to new places will allow you to grow into a more mature person. There is a way to balance meeting new friends and maintaining friendships with childhood friends, and I am sure you will find that balance.

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Spoiler Alert, But Your Passion Doesn't Have To Be Your Career

Just because I don't want to teach as a career doesn't mean that I don't like teaching at all.

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In music, there are a lot of career paths you could pursue. You could pursue music education, music performance, music therapy, music industry, etc. Beyond those, there are even more careers that you can break into smaller categories. When I started college, I wanted to be a high school band director. Now, I definitely don't want to be that. (I honestly don't want to continue in music at all, but that's beside the point.) I changed my major to music performance a few years back because I finally realized that I didn't want to teach high school students day in and day out.

I realize now that I was really confused when I got to college. I had the opportunity to be part of a really great marching band program in high school and it sparked my passion for music. I wanted to continue that great high school marching band program for the rest of my life. But at 17, there was no way for me to realize that a degree in music education and a job as a high school band director wouldn't give me the experience that I was searching for.

A job as a high school band director isn't all marching band competitions and trophies. Depending on your placement, marching season can consist of spoon-feeding music lessons to high school students who didn't get the opportunity to have the thorough training that I did. Speaking of marching season, it's just that: A season. In my area, marching season lasts from roughly August to October. After that, it's over. You're doing other things. You're doing the rest of your job.

From October to May, a band director usually focuses on their concert band. I liked concert season, but it didn't give me the same warm, fuzzy feeling that marching season used to. I loved playing my instrument, but there was something about the competition season that got my brain buzzing.

Knowing what I know now, I realized that I wouldn't be nearly as happy for the rest of the academic year if I were to continue down the path I was going. I realized that I shouldn't pursue something that only gave me my passion 30 percent of the time. What would I do with that other 70 percent? I would probably be happy, but it wasn't what I had imagined.

With all that said and a new major, that doesn't mean that I don't like to teach now. I got the opportunity to help out with my former high school's band camp this summer and I was ELATED. I helped the drum majors navigate the ins and outs of leadership in high school and taught them some helpful conducting maneuvers. I was tired from sweating and being outside all day, but on the drive from the high school back home, I was already thinking of new activities for my drum majors to do.

I'm lucky that my career path and major has so many branches and specializations. I'm lucky that they're all so closely related. But even if your career path isn't as closely aligned as mine, you can still do what you love.

You can do what you love without making a career out of it.

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