5 Truths I Discovered in the World of the Teaching Profession

5 Truths I Discovered in the World of Teaching

I love school, reading books and studying. These have been my motivations to pursue a career in education.

Becoming a teacher has been a no-no for many of my friends. Their usual response for not choosing the profession was that they are too impatient when it comes to teaching the kids.

On the other hand, others told me that they see teachers as the busiest people on this planet. They tend to forget to have a family of their own because teaching has been known as a demanding job.

Through the years, teaching for me has been emotionally and physically exhausting and sometimes exasperating, most especially when students are not really willing to learn at all.

Honestly speaking, I have a hate-love relationship with this kind of profession. It is rewarding, yet it can also be frustrating.

1. The teachers’ struggles are real.

A name is important. Most of us surely love to be called by our first name rather than our surname, right? In fact, the sweetest sound in a language is our own name. However, I always fail on it.

The problem lies with my memory failing me every time I try to remember the name of a former student.

I guess that if you were a product of a public school, you would get a grasp of the problem I am sharing in here. Most of the times, there will be more than 40 students in a classroom. I am not really that old enough to forget them, but I guess my memory is not that sharp in remembering names.

I admit that there were only two kinds of students have been glued in my memory for a long time. They were those who excel in my subject and those whom I always send to the guidance or principal office.

2. The teachers are soldiers who must always be ready for a battle.

When I started my teaching career, I had no clue that it will entail huge hardships.

Aside from teaching itself, teachers are given tons of paperwork, one after another, making no room for socialization with family or friends. Their homes are the extension of their working environment. They lack sleep most of the time doing visual aids, computing grades, writing lesson plans, and answering a number of forms.

What’s worse is having rude and lazy students inside the classroom. Another burden that adds to the heavy cross of the teachers are parents who tolerate their kid’s bad behaviors in school. With all these toxic factors, it is unavoidable for someone who teaches to go bananas sometimes.

3. The teaching profession has its own crowning glory.

Teaching provides me satisfaction by witnessing how my former students bloom on their chosen career path. What makes it more moving is when those students tell me that I influenced their lives in a positive way. Nothing will be more rewarding knowing that somehow amidst the struggles in the classroom, I was able to produce students that will be an asset to our community.

4. The teaching profession isn’t all about academic subjects.

Belonging to a society of teachers, I have come up to the realization that we hold the world in our hands for we are the one shaping the future generation.

I have been a juggler taking on many roles both inside and outside the four walls of the classroom. From being a subject teacher, my role can shift instantly to that of a preacher, a nurse, a guidance counselor, a life coach, a friend or simply a surrogate mother.

Teaching for me has been more than the curriculum or the exams. It is about how to develop my students’ values and on how to enrich their lives. If a student gets successful, the teachers rejoice for it is their success too.  On the contrary, if a student fails, the teachers fail as well.

5. The teachers must always aspire for professional growth.

I have taught for 6 years already and I love to see how my career life evolves. The progress that I have made all through the years gives me direction and inspiration. Having successfully finished my Master’s Degree, I gained the qualifications to climb the next ladder in the teaching force. Am I already satisfied? Not yet.

How do I see myself ten years from now?

In the next 10 years, I see myself already graduated from my Doctorate of Education (EdD) and already acquired a higher position. I know the steps that I need to take. It won’t be easy but it is not impossible.

Now, that I was already enrolled for a Doctorate of Education (EdD), I ready myself for tougher roles in the institution. It is just fair that as I progress, I also add some values to my job. It will be a form of giving back to the community the service what is ought for them.

I visualize myself transitioning out of the classroom to being an Educational Writer and Researcher. My Doctorate will take me a long way. It will open doors of possibilities for me such as traveling to other countries. Seeking opportunities to work on other institutions will offer me beneficial experiences of having a background knowledge of how other countries run their education system.

In 10 years’ time, I see a great advancement in my career as I will be attending many leadership opportunities to hone my craft. I will be more productive working with a variety of my colleagues in different Educational Projects willing to go the extra mile just to meet our target.

I am now looking at the succeeding years with excitement for I know that possibilities are endless. When I was just a beginner in the field of teaching, I never thought that I would get this far. I started to realized bits by bits, that I have created my own opportunities through having clear goals in mind.

There is no easy profession, everything has its own difficulties and the one I chose is definitely one of the toughest. Despite the harsh realities a teacher encounter almost every day, I still honor and love my profession. The frustrations and victories that come along with it both benefitted me toward my personal and professional growth.

 

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Ana Rose Alvaro

Ana Rose was born and raised in the Philippines. A full-time teacher and a part-time student. She loves her simple and yet adventurous life with her wonderful family, great friends, and supportive boyfriend. Roads and Pages serves as her outlet to share what she loves to do the most in her life. Those are spending time with people who matter the most, reading books, and traveling one country at a time.

35 comments

  1. Well, after reading this post, I am both motivated and unmotivated on the facts stated above. For a graduate of the said degree i may have some doubts of becoming a teacher, but the beauty in it relies in the smiles and wonders of the child. It pays more than the rewards of the profession. More power to you educators..

  2. I’ve always had the utmost respect for all the teachers I’ve had in my life. I often seek them out to thank them for their encouragement and inspiration. I don’t know if a 10 year plan is too much to plan but I wish you well with it and I hope you’re able to accomplish all your desires and wishes 🙂

  3. My mother was a teacher and worked long hours. She became a college professor which ended up being where she felt most comfortable. I couldn’t imagine teaching high school and under and feel like teachers should be paid more to put up with all they do and all the hours they put in. I raise my coffee cup to you!

  4. I so agree with you. Am also into Training and consultancy industry and can relate to what you are saying. Teachers are the best always.

  5. I used to teach too, and it made me realise how much time I’ve gotta invest in the kids. It’s worthwhile if they appreciate it, but definitely demoralizing when they aren’t.

  6. I thought I would be a good teacher. I even took a masteral degree in education. But I realized that I am not effective as a classroom teacher. I would rather teach in practical situations as in a preceptorial.

  7. I always thought I would be a teacher. I even took a Masteral degree for education. However, I have noticed that I do not really have what it takes to be an interesting classroom teacher. I prefer to impart practical lessons in actual practice like preceptorships.

  8. Teaching is a tough job! One gets to play such an important role in the lives of young children who are our future. It was great to know about your vast and varied experience 🙂

  9. Thank you for sharing these thoughts. I always have high respect for teachers and educators – especially teachers of young kids (because seriously, how hard it is to motivate kids?). I would never forget my teachers who taught me how to write and read. 🙂 It is inspiring to know plan to advance your career. Good luck 🙂

  10. Teaching is a noble job. I have much respect for educators because I know that 1) it is not easy and 2) it isn’t for everyone. More than a job, teaching is a vocation. The role that teachers play is crucial to how students or we become good, responsible adults. I know there are a lot of struggles, but what teachers do – what you do matters. Mabuhay ka, Ana 🙂

  11. First and foremost, I really salute all the teachers in the world! (Even if some of them have actually failed in fulfilling the same passion as you did, but still.) I believe they are the world’s most integral profession because they help others succeed as well. I just hope that many teachers will follow this sort of realization and inspire millions of children. I’ve been inspired by many wonderful teachers during my elementary years, and I’m happy to look back at how much they’d made an impact in my life 🙂

  12. Hats off to all the teachers out there who chose the profession because of their passion for teaching, not because it makes a good sideline. I must say, you’re one of the few who really care about their students. My entire schooling is half filled with teachers who just want to get on with every semester, and students who just want to get a degree with the least effort possible. Good luck and keep the fire burning! <3

  13. My mother is a retired teacher. My respect to your profession is high and it is such a noble profession. I also took up BSEd but didn’t pursue because my passion is media works. Though I had tutored English during my younger years. I guess, teaching in classrooms isn’t my thing, I love imparting knowledge outside through media and now freelance writing/blogging

  14. Teaching is a noble profession. No one can compare the devotion + time and effort a teacher can give to the chosen career. My daughter goes to a public school same as I did back in the days. I remember and in glimpse recalled years I spent in the public school near our house.
    Kudos to your chosen career and lucky are the students who will benefit the learning they will be getting from you.

  15. Knowing your life purpose is so damn important, because listening to others in the determining your path can be really painful. So, if you really want to be a teacher, and since it’s so rewardful, you are on the good track! I know it may be just an experience for now, but education is the key of our society, so it’s tremendous and it’s such a brave act to still wanting to do so!

  16. I guess I’m like most of your friends. I don’t like teaching. I hate kids. My mom is a teacher and I commend the both of you for your patience and perseverance. I hope you’ll be able to help as many students as you can in your teaching lifetime!

  17. Teaching profession is truly rewarding. I taught college students for a single semester because I think I needed a break from my corporate job. I found fulfillment in teaching these students and I never thought I would be teaching even at least for a little while.
    Good luck on your studies! I am also looking forward myself getting a master’s degree or a few more certifications in the field I chose. Goodluck to both of us!

  18. Enjoy your personal story sharing here as a teacher. A very inspiring read. Am a part time kids art teacher, I never know I can teach or I have the patience to teach. I enjoying my teaching time with kids and I have learnt so much from the kids too. Let’s enjoy our teacher journey! Cheers, SiennyLovesDrawing

  19. I used to think that teaching is a boring job, until I got to train some people in my previous job. That’s when I found out that it could be fun, that it gives you a some sense of accomplishment. It felt good to acknowledge share your knowledge with someone and when I see that they have picked up, it did make me happy. That was just a training, I wasn’t even teaching full time yet I felt like I had a purpose, what more to real-life teachers like you. So I do admire teachers like you, you guys have made learning so much fun and easier for all of us.

    Don’t worry about names, I’m bad at it at also and I’m not a teacher haha…

  20. Hello, Ana! I am a professional teacher just like you. Though I am not teaching right now, except that I am homeschooling two of my three kids, I can relate to everything you said especially when you said that teachers shift to different roles for our students. I experienced that when I taught in Vietnam. I was not only their English teacher, but instantly became their friend, their surrogate mother, and a life adviser. I was a different person to every student.

    I also have plans to go back to school next year, either to learn or teach. I want to improve myself as well as a teacher. ^_^

  21. Teaching is the noblest profession there is and I agree with that sweeping generalization. I don’t think I have the passion and patience to be a classroom teacher to be honest. My mom is a teacher in a university in our province and I personally admire her passion to teach young minds. Hats off to you Ma’am! 🙂

  22. Next to being a parent, being a teacher is the hardest and least rewarding job but the rewards are what makes it all worth it. When you change a lazy student to being an achiever, when you make a difference, I think that this is the thing that matters most. Good job to you and I salute you.

  23. I admire the fact that you are looking at teaching as a life path, that you aspire to personal growth and that you know where you headed. Where I come from, a lot of teachers are teaching from all the wrong reasons (like teaching school here is easy, for example) and it is painful to watch. Keep up the good work 🙂

  24. I salute any teacher’s selflessness. I used to be a trainer and I love it everytime I impart to my class some valuable lessons and would see they appreciate the act. You teachers never mind sleeping late at night just to finish a lesson plan and be left by students in the school after graduation. Such noble profession. I salute you, teacher 🙂

  25. Aww that’s amazing! My mum was also a teacher! I’m always inspired by teachers and I know my past teachers had a big impact in my upbringing. Keep up the good work!!! 😀

  26. Teaching is no walk in the park. And I must admit that reading your experiences are what inspired me to really finish my schooling and perhaps teach the profession I am aiming for. And having been a teacher once before, I can definitely say that it is hard, but at the same time, can be rewarding. More strong throat and arms, and more blessing for you and your students.

  27. You are in a professions that alongside with being a soldier, I highly respect. So good job and thank you for helping mold the character of young people. Having said that, it is great that you know your career path. Most do not know hence they tend to float around. You, on the other hand, have much bigger goals to conquer. So good luck!

  28. Because you knew your purpose (in life), you knew where to go and how to get there. A lot of young professionals float around, while they earn, they’re not happy with their job.

    Good luck with your plan..

    1. Super agree with you Sonnie. Knowing life purpose is really important. Not a lot of people put too much though hence the days comes when life feels life drifting. Syempre knowing allows for a everything to be purposeful. Being happy is a state of mind, everyone mostly agrees, pero gosh, do something to make it easier to be happy.

  29. I took up education too but I haven’t finished my course yet. I am targeting of getting back to school this 2017. Hopefully, I could make it. And I couldn’t agree more of the things that your profession taught you. Although I haven’t finished my studies yet, I can definitely see what you have gone through, going through, and about to experience. God bless you, Ma’am! 🙂

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