Wrong Career Choice For Many...

A number of teachers that I personally know come to mind. I wouldn't say they aren't fit to be around children, but, I would say teaching was not the appropriate career path for them.

A teacher's greatest strength is patience. It is a struggle at times to maintaince patience in a classroom full of teenagers (or any other age), but it must be something a teacher is able to do to effectively teach. Discipline is sometimes necessary with a more difficult student, but, patience should not be lost.

Teachers are human and we're all going to lose our patience from time to time but teachers who regularly lose patience with their students are not qualified for the positions they hold no matter how educated they are.



OMGitsRiley OMGitsRiley
26-30, F
2 Responses Jan 6, 2013

I have somewhat the same views you have. I am not a qualified or fulltime teacher, but I have tutored kids before, at different points in my life. I have tried to bring this up with teacher friends whom I know with the same vigour, but after the debate, in the end, they all seem to say , " You can talk like this idealistic view, because you are not one. It's different handling 30 children in a classroom, some of them even their parents have difficulty handling'. I should say I have never been successful convincing them. I meet with similar counterviews when I advocate wholesome development or enriching (rather than memorizing) techniques. I think, they all start off with a passion, but it wears away after a while, and ends up as a transactional job to do. How do we make doing people see inspiration as much as the seeing people see ?

Patience is not an attribute so much as it is a skill. It is an important skill for a teacher. It is learned from the experiences she/he has in the classroom and learning about the pace of growth and change. Patience is built on hope and lost through frustration. Sometimes it comes from having a plan and trusting it.