And how to teach about it
I'm a 27-year-old, second year science teacher. I love my students more than any of them will probably ever know because I suck at emotions and letting people in. The thoughts, feelings, and opinions expressed on this blog are mine and in no way represent my employer.
Student: I had a hang nail and I took care of it myself before class. Can I get a high five?
Me (looking doubtful): I don’t know. That doesn’t really seem like something that could earn a high five.
Student: Oh, come on, not even for your son?
Me: You’re not my son, we’re not even related.
Student: Yes I am.
Me: No. First off, you wouldn’t want to be my kid because you would actually understand the word discipline. And second, you do realize I’m only 27, right?
Student (you can actually see the wheels spinning on this one): Ohhhhh, you woulda only been 14!
Laurell K. Hamilton (via sylviaplant)
lol yep. if the deserve it goodbyeeeee(via zteaching)
This is actually fantastic advice for classroom teachers as well. If you form an honest and kind bond with a kid, they’ll know you mean business at the times when you’re mean and they’ll completely appreciate the kindness shown at other times (even if they don’t show that appreciation).
I would discourage everyone from becoming a teacher.
NO WAIT!! Hear me out… this job is thankless. No, really. The money is obviously not there, and I’m not even talking about lavish trips or even a trip down to the movie theater, I mean you will literally be living from paycheck to paycheck, if that. The educational system itself is ruthless and at this point probably even more savage than politics. The one thing that makes it all worthwhile is seeing your students succeed… but that won’t happen every day, every week, or every month. If they do though…. it’ll probably be years down the road and you may or may not know about it. Are there beautiful moments in the classroom? Absolutely. Do I enjoy teaching? Yes. Would I break my back for my students? I do. Every day. Even when they cuss me out, when they talk over me, when they sleep through class, when they just… won’t. But I would NEVER, EVER, EVER encourage anyone to be a teacher.
Because the kind of person that has the strength, conviction, ambition, intellect, and passion needed to be a teacher…a great teacher… CANNOT be the kind of person that needs encouragement to do the job. It needs to be the kind of person that is ridiculously INSANE and maniacally ANGERED about the current state of our youth that they will do whatever is necessary to change their life…. despite people telling them to NEVER, EVER, EVER be a teacher.