Today I met two of my students who are ready to teach English. I was their English teacher from high school prep class to grade 11 then they studied at university and now they are about to start their career.
We had a really nice chat and of course being a teacher means teaching everybody everywhere and I caught myself teaching them how to become a teacher. Then I decided to write this post.
When you graduate from university, you always think you will change the world.
You think you will be fair and be able to teach every single student in the class.
You think you won’t be like the others and you will be sure not to leave anybody behind.
You think you will have a team of teachers to support you when you need.
You think your students will admire you and think that you are the best teacher in the world.
You think the principal will see your dedication and praise you.
But it won’t be like this.
Sometimes you will feel you are not capable of teaching.
Sometimes you will feel your colleagues are not happy with what you are doing.
Sometimes you will feel the principal does ignore you and never sees the things you manage to do well.
Will these things be enough for you to quit?
Here is a piece of advice for the new comers.
If you want to become a teacher, don’t think about being praised, do it for yourself.
Become a lifelong learner, there are chances of attending online and free PD courses, seminars, webinars. Find them!
Start building your Personal Learning Network using twitter and FB for professional development and get support from those teachers. Share your knowledge, don’t keep everything for yourself. If you share, they will also share.
Try hard to be fair. Be sure you are not neglecting a slow learner. Every child needs some support. Everybody can teach the smart ones but only the good teachers will help the timid ones.
Praise your students. See even the smallest attempt and say ‘wow, you’re doing really well today’
Motivate yourself. Don’t discourage yourself complaining about the others in the staff room who work less than you. Teaching requires self-motivation, dedication, hard work and creativity.
Be sure that teaching is a career, not a part time job, to become a wife and a mother. It will allow you to gain so many strengths that you will never guess.
You will have a chance to improve yourself constantly not let yourself left behind your students.
Get feedback. Ask your students what’s happening in the classroom. Be careful, guide them well to collect data. don’t do it to hear good words from them. Be ready to hear the criticism and learn from your mistakes.
In short teaching is a life-long journey to find yourself by reaching many people and guiding them.
P.S: when I was with my students I tweeted ’
evab2001 hi all,I’m with my students who will start teaching this year. what will u say 2 them? do u think it is worth?
I received some answers from my PLN and here you can check their advice too.
@anna_bring oh yes it is worth all of that hard work. I don’t ever regret becoming a teacher, and the reward i… (cont) http://deck.ly/~e7gGK
@BiancaH80 Hi future teachers!! Teaching is awesome – get on twitter, follow some teacher blogs and don’t teach from worksheets!
focus on learning always – tech is just a tool but use it well. Keep in touch w/ edu research – don’t throw away those books!
@jshe Teaching is the most rewarding career!
@AlexandraKouk To your students: In teaching they may discover the love of their lives – definitely worth it!!!!
@vickyloras Hello to you all! It is definitely worth it – I wish you all the best, you will love teaching : )