If you haven't noticed, my posts have reflected a growing frustration with this profession. When I created this blog, I wrote: I teach because I have to. In all the jobs I've had to pay my way through life, only teaching has (as of today) not left an empty feeling. This is my calling; and sometimes I feel that I chose to teach as much as teaching chose me.
Today, I don't know if I believe it anymore. As I filled out yet another Possible Senior Failure List, a tear or two nearly escaped. Looking at the names of students I have fought for, given my time for, and hoped for, I realized how little influence I have had. I don't know what I have left to give or even if I'd want to give it. Today, I felt empty.
It seems awkward to put this out for the public to read; but I need to. I need to work this out of my system; because if I don't, I could become like the teachers I detest--just picking up a paycheck.
Here are Ten Things I Don't Like About Teaching:
1. Shady Central Office Big Wigs.
2. The Powerlessness to Change a Student.
3. The Laziness of Students.
4. The Empty Feeling of Failure.
5. The Immediate Blaming of Teachers for Student Failure.
6. The Expectation that Teachers Must Always Give Unlimited Chances.
7. Ungrateful Students.
8. Uninformed Parents.
9. Demanding But In a Bad Way Parents.
10. When I Can't Trust a Student.
Here are Ten Things I Like About Teaching:
1. The Hours.
2. When That Kid Gets It.
3. The Mature Students Who Can Carry a Real Conversation.
4. Supportive Parents.
5. Responsbile Students.
6. Trusting Administrators.
7. The Potential for Good.
8. The Vacations.
9. Class Discussions that Don't Rely on Me.
10. Academic Freedom