I Am a Teacher

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    Today I taught a child how to write their name

    for the very first time! Wonder if this post will get more hearts than one about sex...probably not cuz its EP LOL!
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    5 Responses Sep 16, 2015

    One day when I was screening a video in class,

    my tears fell. How often does one see a teacher cry in class? It was one of those days. A teacher is supposed to look solid. Put together. Made of steel. One dagger stare and it is enough to make a naughty one wither. A teacher cannot say a wrong word. A teacher cannot make a...
    novembermoon novembermoon
    41-45, F
    9 Responses Feb 19

    The most important, helpful

    and beautiful job in the world difficult and easy at the same time Assuming the responsibility of their future can make great persons or not hope God gives me the opportunity and possibility to made greater person loving, caring, and respectful
    daous daous
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 20

    Today, the last day of school

    before Christmas vacation was bittersweet. For weeks, the math teacher and I had seventh grade rehearse "The 12 Days of Christmas". Four girls, two sopranos and two altos sang the song A Capella (or a capella). The other students actually performed. For example, the boys with...
    MBPEACEFUL12 MBPEACEFUL12
    36-40, F
    1 Response Dec 18, 2015

    I've been having a rough go lately.

    I've been so discouraged & strapped for energy. At my wits end really. Then yesterday, I actually had a good day. Granted, so did my most challenging kid. But maybe, possibly I had a little bit to do with it? I've found a couple of things make the day go smoother: splitting the...
    SaundraMae SaundraMae
    26-30, F
    1 Response Oct 22, 2015
    MBPEACEFUL12 MBPEACEFUL12
    36-40, F
    3 Responses Jan 29

    My students need to stop hitting on me.

    I am basically like a mother to them.
    Shxxxooo Shxxxooo
    18-21, F
    2 Responses Apr 11

    Some of my students are having a lecture today

    about the situation of Syrian refugees. I just could attend the first part of it. What they have been told is basically that we Europeans are a bunch of insolidarian people for not accepting more refugees, whereas Lebanon and Jordan are taking millions of them. But no words...
    Cierzo Cierzo
    41-45, M
    5 Responses Feb 19

    I am in the BTSA program to clear my California

    Preliminary Credential via U.C. San Diego. A few years ago, all what was needed to clear a teaching credential was a Master's degree in Education. I have a Master's degree in Education with an option in Creative Literacies and Literature in the Elementary Classroom. Yet the...
    MBPEACEFUL12 MBPEACEFUL12
    36-40, F
    Feb 2

    Today was the first day of school; love my new

    kids. I forgot to give them homework so I'm sure they love me too. :)
    Schoolinlife Schoolinlife
    26-30, F
    4 Responses Sep 8, 2015

    Just need to vent for a minute.

    The kids are driving me fricken crazy!!! Like, I am in a pissy mood because of these kids. Absolute melt-down, hysterical crying because I asked a girl to go potty. A homesick kiddo who only comes one day a week, who whimpers & cries & follows me around the room. A defiant boy...
    SaundraMae SaundraMae
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Dec 16, 2015

    I remember learning during my studies to become

    a teacher that kids start mastering abstract thinking in their early teen years. I see my 16 and 17-year-old students, and realise it is still hard for them to go beyond the "here and now" and work with categories and concepts. I think the main reason for that is that the main...
    Cierzo Cierzo
    41-45, M
    2 Responses Mar 3
    MsJanice MsJanice
    26-30, F
    5 Responses Dec 3, 2014

    I asked this in the question section

    and got a few interesting responses. Just wanted to see what else people would add. I'm teaching a 12th grade marriage class soon.(trust me the irony isn't lost on me) I'd like to know what people wish they had learned before they graduated and went to college. Doesn't have to...
    avgniceguy avgniceguy
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Jan 17

    I think that this may be my last year teaching.

    After seven years, I feel so burned out and tired. It has just become so much more of a hassle then it use to be. I have always been over worked and under appreciated, but it didn't use to bother me. Now it does. Ungrateful administration, ungrateful kids, and ungrateful...
    Tiredgoodguy Tiredgoodguy
    31-35, M
    Mar 18

    My Autistic student is finally pointing

    independently for items he wants! What a breakthrough it took 6 months for him to learn this skill that is so instinct for typical toddlers! Now hear comes the language! What joy this brings me! Sometimes I do tear or give them a kiss on the forehead! The human touch is...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses Feb 10

    One of my most challenging students turned

    thirteen on yesterday, December 18th, the same day of the Christmas program and Winter Carnival. Her mother came to pick up her report card. Yes, on top of the Christmas Program and the Winter Carnival, administration wanted us to conduct parent conferences and hand out report...
    MBPEACEFUL12 MBPEACEFUL12
    36-40, F
    11 Responses Dec 19, 2015

    Aren't Teachers Just Glorified Babysitters?

    Read this to the end... it's sarcastic!Teachers' hefty salaries are driving up taxes, causing recession, and so we have to take the money from elsewhere because of these greedy teachers, their massive salaries are a drain on society, and they only work for what? 9 or 10 months a...
    DancingFox DancingFox
    31-35, F
    6 Responses Jan 12, 2013

    I am not yet now, but I wanna claim

    that I'll be a teacher by March 2015! The noblest profession of all :)
    fascisheanne fascisheanne
    22-25, F
    8 Responses May 2, 2014

    All teachers in my country have been asked

    for a certificate proving that they have not been convicted for any kind of sexual crime. I find it outrageous that we have to prove that we are INNOCENT. And that anyone who wants to become a teacher should certificate his innocence in advance. Why not asking for that...
    Cierzo Cierzo
    41-45, M
    5 Responses Feb 9

    I start my final student teaching tomorrow.

    65 days of classroom time frim 7:30-3:00 as if I were a teacher and 2 weeks of straight teaching. Any comforting advice?
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    4 Responses Jan 3
    diaperedmommy2 diaperedmommy2
    41-45, F
    1 Response Aug 8, 2015

    I'm a new teacher, special ed (emotional

    disturbance room) and I'm at the point where I'm ready to quit. I've busted my butt all year, have been flexible, dealt with two incompetent aids and very unstable children. I've done everything that's been asked of me and have even offered 3 ID students because that teacher...
    brattybitch13 brattybitch13
    31-35, F
    5 Responses Nov 7, 2015

    I am so blessed to be in my career,

    Special Educator that specializes in Autism! I thank my God each and everyday for giving me the gift of patience! My student's are like my very own! When they call me mommy, my heart just melts! I used to correct them especially if their parent was there until a parent said no...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    9 Responses Feb 17

    Being a teacher, I cannot sometimes help

    comparing my students with the way my generation was in their youth days. One difference I often observe is the different way we address the world. For us, the world was a wild place we had to fight against to make our room in it. Each of us in his own way. However, I see...
    Cierzo Cierzo
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Oct 7, 2015

    I Am A Teacher - Why I Went On Strike

    Someone deleted and answer, maybe their question, about why teachers shouldn't have gone on strike yesterday. They too are from the UK, and forget to mention, or moan at the fact that most public sector workers also went on strike. They had issues with the fact that they worked...
    MrsLalaninjacakes MrsLalaninjacakes
    26-30, F
    21 Responses Dec 1, 2011

    Tomorrow and on Friday students are not going

    to school in the place I teach. They are having their Carnival holidays. Young people celebrate it a lot, not only dressing up but also eating and drinking a lot. Students used to come to school in an awful condition after sleepless nights and food and alcohol binges, so school...
    Cierzo Cierzo
    41-45, M
    8 Responses Feb 3

    After two days of testing

    for the Benchmark Reports, after lunch, we are having Fun Friday. It will consist of basketball, volleyball, computer games, board games, movies, ice cream floats, and nachos. It is a perfect way to end the school week and the month of January (for all of you who want to argue...
    MBPEACEFUL12 MBPEACEFUL12
    36-40, F
    1 Response Jan 29

    Controlling The Uncontrollable

    Every year I see coming into my classroom a group of children with behavioural and learning issues that pose a challenge to the functioning of the class. Over the years I have come to summarise this cluster of symptoms in a particular way that I find helpful in terms of finding...
    perseverer perseverer
    51-55, F
    36 Responses Sep 16, 2011
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    Jan 14
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Feb 18

    The thing that I despise about teachers is

    when they do nothing to stop a student from bullying another student. And do something when the victim stands up for themselves, which is they get sent to the office instead of the bully.
    Cutiepeachpie Cutiepeachpie
    22-25, F
    1 Response Mar 24

    not a professional one

    but i have played that role several times in a couple classes ( i only do this when the class is having a work day i like to help people and show off my intellect)
    smitlord smitlord
    18-21, M
    Mar 17

    One colleague teacher told me this morning her

    conversation with the mother of one of her students. She caught him cheating on an exam, the boy argued he was not cheating and told her mother that his teacher had accused him with no reason. Then the mother wanted to talked to the teacher. My colleague had told me that the...
    Cierzo Cierzo
    41-45, M
    7 Responses Dec 21, 2015

    English Lit

    I teach English Literature to 10.11, 12 grade students. Love the class. I don't always love the students unfortunately!
    Niomi1986 Niomi1986
    26-30, F
    3 Responses Oct 12, 2013

    I always wanted to be a teacher

    when I get older. Kids are getting meaner and meaner. They disrespecting teachers. The parents don't do a thing but yell at their kid. Yelling doesn't do anything. I wanted to teach kindergarten but idk anymore. I'm more looking into construction now
    lorrena19 lorrena19
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 8, 2015

    A couple of days ago I was discussing to some

    collegues if we would retire right now if we had the chance to do it. Most of them said they would. I have very mixed feelings about it. I love teaching, I love the idea to share knowledge, educate young people, be in touch with them. At the same time I totally hate what the...
    Cierzo Cierzo
    41-45, M
    4 Responses Oct 27, 2015

    I actually love this job

    so much. The bond formed with my pupils is amazing. I feel like these kids are my own. And the feeling it gives you when you see them succeeding even in the smallest things like a routine spelling test is just amazing!
    jemappellesharyn jemappellesharyn
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Sep 27, 2015

    Best job in the world.

    Please don't hold it against me!!
    jumpersforgoalposts jumpersforgoalposts
    51-55, M
    2 Responses Apr 29, 2014

    High School - Freshmen - Love 'em

    I always knew I wanted to teach. I was meant to teach. I absolutely love my freshmen. They are special - at the point where they are children, learning to be adults, who want to act like children and be respected as adults. I get to talk to them, guide them, help shape them...
    eyes eyes
    31-35, F
    12 Responses Apr 2, 2008

    Who I Am

    I am a teacher. It is who I am regardless of what anyone else may think.For a while I was a "teacher". I used to teach music. Yet, it wasn't music that I loved to teach. I loved teaching. I loved to teach students about life, about the world. I loved watching them grow and learn...
    KnightBlade KnightBlade
    36-40, M
    4 Responses Mar 20, 2013

    I am an elementary level teacher.

    I teach in a very low SES area. It is tragic at times. I have a student who reads at a kindergarten level, and ones who read at grade level, 4th grade. Yikes. I have students in foster care, in homeless shelters, and who have serious behavioral issues. Tough line of work, but...
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    2 Responses Feb 28
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    1 Response Feb 14

    SHORT TERM MENTALITY Year

    after year I observe that when students have an exam some day, they are quite oblivious of the rest of their lessons, not realising that one day they will have to show their knowledge on those subjects too. I see that this short-term mentality is even getting bigger every...
    Cierzo Cierzo
    41-45, M
    5 Responses Mar 15

    A Classroom Teacher's Authority Is Sacrosanct

    Our authority in the classroom is given to us by the parents of the children we teach. They are the ones who have authority, and therefore responsibility, for their children.  For six hours or so of every day those parents confer their authority upon us.  We are deemed worthy...
    perseverer perseverer
    51-55, F
    5 Responses Sep 8, 2012

    I have overheard some of my students talk abut

    sport betting, and I am pretty sure they have bet money on games. Probably small amounts, but I don't like the idea that they consider it is fine to earn money by gambling. It shows that their minds do not link education, job and getting a living. It's a pity, but can we really...
    Cierzo Cierzo
    41-45, M
    5 Responses Feb 17

    I was a teacher four years ago,

    I taught 6th grade gym/health but I quit and I stay at home now! ;)
    maddytheMILF maddytheMILF
    36-40, F
    5 Responses Dec 14, 2014

    A teacher makes more decisions in a one hour

    lesson than some would in an entire month. When planning a lesson with a class of pupils who are varied in ability, we make decisions of where to pitch our lessons. Too high and you lose the ones still grappling with learning to read. Too low and see the advanced learners roll...
    novembermoon novembermoon
    41-45, F
    5 Responses Feb 19

    Confessions of a First Year Maestro

    It All began in November of 2006. I heard through a chain of people that a band director had quit and they were looking for a replacement immediately. I still had another month to go with my student teaching, but i thought I'd throw my name in the hat. THat evening I faxed my...
    instertnamehere instertnamehere
    26-30, M
    10 Responses Jan 10, 2008

    m i too young to be a teacher?

    well my degree say so that i'm.lol.. anywhere i go they need peeps with lotsa experience n i have none. where do i start?
    deleted deleted
    26-30
    6 Responses Jan 30

    One of the things I like less about my job is

    the huge amount of things I have to keep in my mind all the time. Prepare this, mark that, check email, talk to Mr.X for a lecture, make copies of something, remember to look for some video to show the students...I have the feeling my mind is always busy and there is no room in...
    Cierzo Cierzo
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Jan 14
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