Teaching isn’t for everyone.
That isn’t meant to be harsh or confrontational at all, it’s simply a fact.
My best friend is a policeman, my brother runs his own business, my mother is a nurse and my sister works in a jail. Whilst some aspects of their jobs drive them insane, they all love what they do. They draw inspiration and energy from each day’s activities and problems. Whilst I might be able to do some of their jobs, I know I couldn’t fully live out make a lifetime career of any of them.
And that is absolutely fine.
Not every person can do every thing.
Each of us loves and aspires to do, and be, different things.
Which is why when reading a recent article about a person's experience of teaching I was simultaneously frustrated, empathetic and disappointed. Not because this person didn't end up staying in teaching, but because it seems they made a crucial error: they went into a career that demands passion without (seemingly) having that passion.
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It isn't enough to go into teaching because of the holidays.
It isn't enough to get into teaching because you like kids.
It isn't enough to become a teacher as something to try out (or as a great back up while auditioning for gigs).
If you do go into for those things, then be ready for some tough, tough times.
I say this not because I am saying teaching should be lauded above everything else. I say this because if you do fall under one of these reasons you are setting yourself up for a huge amount of stress, heart ache, anxiety and human effort.
Teaching isn't for everybody, and that's okay.