what do you think of the career of being a teacher

China
July 16, 2009 3:58am CST
Have you ever tried being a teacher, what do you think and do you like it. i used to teach my younger sister each vacation after school. but she was slow to accept and my suffering and tedious explaination still ending with her igonorant innocence made me really fussy. From then on i have been brone the hatred to be a teacher. i more often than not think of the situation where a student kept asking me the same question till the point i could not help slapping his face. scary! Besides, the fact that teaching is not only fanancially but also socially narrow always put me off the nerve to be a teacher.what's ur ideas
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• United States
17 Jul 09
I believe that people are hard wired to be in a specific career. It took me 15 years to finally accept that. If you are meant to be a teacher you will never be truly happy until you are one. In 15 years I had 9 different careers. I have been a teacher for 15 years now and happier in my career than in any of the others. I teach special education to students who have moderate to profound mental challenges at a High School and have taught at Middle schools/jr.high schools. In spite of the excess paper work challenging parents and clueless administrators I love my career. Best of luck to you.
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• China
18 Jul 09
God, does the bible say that i am hard wired to be a teacher? i m standing nowhere that is specific.Soooooooooo far
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• India
17 Jul 09
heeyy thats true that teachers are the second god of us. but i don't think that to become a teacher is not gud
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• Jamaica
17 Jul 09
The role of a teacher is often one of the most under-recognized and under-compensated out of the majority of careers out there. Indeed I have been told by my fellow teachers, that it takes a lot of patience, dedication and a real zeal to help others - it has even been described as a calling - you must have a passion to effect change in other people's lives through education. Although I tend to help their friends with their schoolwork and explain things to them as best as I can, I find it quite tedious and therefore I think a career in teaching may not necessarily be the best thing for me! :P
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@shia88 (4582)
• Malaysia
16 Jul 09
Teacher is a good job..too bad I m not teacher. After I married to my husband and move back to his hometown, I really found alot of people here are teachers. They have good income and since it is a government job, their benefits are pretty good. I always ask my husband..why lastime you don't train to be a teacher since it has a good pay'??That's not what he wants...so can't force him too. Teaching can be fun ... can interact with all kind of students,educate them to be an useful person in future.Therefore, teacher is a very good job.
@nicanorr (1789)
• Philippines
17 Jul 09
I taught as Elem. Grades Teacher in the hinterland barangays of the Municipalities of Paranas and Motiong, both of W. Samar (Philippines) from 1964 to 1974. There as teacher of the lowest rung of the educational ladder I was beset with all sorts of challenges. Besides my teaching load, I was looked up to as doctor, population officer, election officer, mailman, marriage counselor, marriage sponsor, baptismal sponsor, population census officer, etc. Yes- I was a teacher and an agent of everything before my pupils and their parents. Depending on what kind of teacher you are will depend likewise the cooperation you'll get from the parents. In barangays before, school building construction, repair, fencing, school ground upkeep and improvement depend largely on self-help or bayanihan. These things were accomplished with the teacher(s) and the parents shouldering the expenses for the materials. The labor- thanks to the parents- were all done by them. Times now have changed. School buildings, chairs and other school facilities are now borne by the government. Despite the low salaries teachers are paid and the attendant dangers teachers are exposed to like swirling and raging flood rivers and the constant threat to their lives of being placed in a crossfire between the NPA and the government forces, all i can summarize is TEACHERS ARE FRONTLINERS TO CHANGE. THEIRS IS NO DOUBT A NOBLE JOB.
• China
18 Jul 09
I just can't agree with you more,teachers are frontlines to change!
• United States
16 Jul 09
Hi, Bill! I've been a teacher for almost 42 years, and I LOVE it! There are some drawbacks, of course. We work very hard, deal with unruly kids and often ridiculous administrators, and get far too little pay. But there is nothing else as rewarding. There is nothing else that's so much fun! There is nothing else that can feel so good as knowing we help kids become the best people they can be. Joanne
• China
17 Jul 09
so if there's one chance back and offered you a better paid job, what's your decision.......have you ever at any point wanted to shift...you know, Joanne, schools are supposed to be purily vibed, but in China, these years we take the appriciations to teacher too seriously, i mean, before we expressed our gratitudes to our teachers after graduation mainly by words, but we extended to bombarded meals in restuartants,sometimes when those fanancially disvantated family squize their purse tight to just deliever a thank-you meal to teachers, or they might be spelled undecent by others who already had done it behind their backs. Ok, that's weired enough though as a new fad, but now people themselves are turning things bad into worse. the meals upgraded into downstream educations as well, kinder gartens, primary schools, junior highs. after graduation, it is not time to relax any more, but time to prepare thank-you meals to your kinder garten teachers, little sweetie. No wonder people complain the fee to support a child's education is much burden-taking.
• United States
18 Jul 09
Bill, I've been offered higher-paying jobs, but I love what I do. I don't want to change until I retire. The rewards are not monetary or material. They are, instead, spiritual.
• United States
16 Jul 09
I have taught in the church setting for about 30 years! I also have taught in the public school setting for 7 years. Presently I was working in a school and also tutoring at a center. For short periods of time I also did some private tutoring for extra cash. I totally love teaching no matter what setting it is in! It's a challenge to find out what works for different students. You just have to keep looking until you find what works for each one!
• China
17 Jul 09
so,at which point would you flip out in your teaching career?
• United States
17 Jul 09
The struggle with teaching for me was two fold. One was with the system... it's an enemy to the student sometimes! The other struggle I had was with students who didn't want to learn. I can work with someone who struggles greatly but desires to learn... but the ones who just don't want to do it... those mess me up!
@gandy93 (54)
• Slovak Republic
16 Jul 09
I am only student, but I see that job of teacher is veeery hard. Many student just do not want learn. Once a teacher ran from class crying... But the job is very important. So good luck, teachers!
@Shery32 (424)
• Saudi Arabia
16 Jul 09
Good point Gandy, it is very important as we need teachers for everything not only in schools but at works and many places
• China
17 Jul 09
yea,to be a teacher, make sure you got be tough to not be scared away by the students
@nrn2003 (670)
• United States
22 Jul 09
I believe that teaching is one of the most important careers in the world. People need to learn and it is very important in the younger years for children to learn all their basic everyday learning skills. I was going to become a teacher at one time, but I dont believe that they get paid enough for their contribution to society. I mean if there were not teachers, then no one would be taught anything. I think teachers should be paid more.
• China
22 Jul 09
Chinese teacher spent millions of RMB to seek stuff in USA or England, than come back teaching in college earning 5000 rmb, and be sure, not easy promotion, especially financially
@choang (36)
• United States
16 Jul 09
I would actually love to vbe a teacher and was thinking about it as a career. I would either be an elementary school teacher or a high school teacher. I love the the feeling of teaching people things. I think teachers are wonderful and should get paid much more then they are right now. They educate kids and thats so important.
• China
17 Jul 09
It's quite suprised to hear from my friend that the lower the education level is, like kinder garten, primary school, the higher education level he should gain if he is going to be the teacher in the US, surely the university is off this rule. is it? surprised, but have to admit it's the best for the children growth. when a child is at his blank-paper stage, we got to write things good and correct there. But in China, sort of pathetic that in most areas children are receiving the less than correct knowledge from the out-of-choice teachers. Cite an example, if your english is good enough, you won't be a teacher, especially a primary or junior/senior high teacher. you will right away pop up into something better.ironically schools collect not only students, but also firstly collect lumpen job seekers.
• India
16 Jul 09
I am a student. hmm... teacher job is very difficult."Teacher" is very important to student life but some student cant understand teachers value.Teachers teaching a way is important so try another way your student respect you.In my class teachers are very friendly to student so teachers are teaching easy to my class. my conclusion: teacher is more valuable person in the world.Not all of them became good teachers, only tallent in teaching of teachers can.
@Shery32 (424)
• Saudi Arabia
16 Jul 09
That's a great point Bhojarajan, as without teachers, we can not move forward educationally :) Thanks
• India
16 Jul 09
Teaching is a very good, respectful profession.. i really dont think that there is any other profession that gets that much respect .. the students always look up to you as a mentor and a guide but then this is all true if you are a good teacher. Now, coming back to you tutoring your younger sister seems like you have never tried to understand where she lags behide in or why she does not understand what you are trying to explain.. the moment any student asks you again the same question means the student has not unstood the matter.. for the student the properly understand what you are teaching you have go down to the students level of understanding and then explain... Then teaching would be fun!!
• China
17 Jul 09
yea, i was indeed not an excellent teach tough, i could not make it more "plicit", rather than implicit
@just4you0 (422)
• India
21 Jul 09
Teaching is a noble job which require lot of hard work and patience. Same as you, i tried teaching my younger cousins because i wanted to improve their results. Oh, after i finished my lessons and took a short test, results were terrifying. I just said good bye to them and to teaching also,lol!
@SViswan (12072)
• India
19 Jul 09
I AM a teacher....kindergarten teacher. I never tried teaching anyone before I had kids of my own. Well not really...I had reading camps for children....but never really 'taught' anything to anyone....never even tried. Even today, as a teacher, I prefer activities where the children learn on their own...rather than explain and 'teach' things. My kids are taking it quite well and enjoyign what they learn. So, I guess it's all good. Worked with my own kids as well as my students.
• India
18 Jul 09
IN your case, it's really very fussy. But, I think that in today's world being an experienced teacher will bring lakhs and lakhs rupees to your house. My ambition is to become a doctor but at the same time I think that becoming a good teacher is also not bad since we earn a lot!!
• Philippines
18 Jul 09
I tried teaching kids in a Sunday school service when i was in high school. I loved it but it really takes enough patience and talent to get the people's attention and interest. It's a very challenging yet rewarding task. Ü
@daeckardt (6245)
• United States
17 Jul 09
I am currently in school for teacher certification and I have an interview this morning for a part time teaching position. This is something that I have thought about doing all my life. I did teach English in China for two years and I really liked it. I intend to teach high school science, although the position I am interviewing for is business, keyboarding and money management at the high school level. I don't mind that it is "not much money" because I have never had a lot of money and anything is better than what I have had for the last year. Have a great day!!!
@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
17 Jul 09
I'm a lot like you! I had enough problems tolerating other students in my classes that kept asking the same stupid questions. I would get to the point of wanting to slap them. I admire people that become teachers, but I couldn't handle the job myself. I don't have patience with people that don't do the lessons, read the book, and constantly ask the same questions time after time. I have the temperament of an artist, and I have chosen to follow the artist in me and am happily being creative and designing and making teddy bears and designing jewelry. Sorry world, no way will I consider being a teacher!
@shimanaja (495)
• Indonesia
17 Jul 09
I've never tried being a teacher at some school or else.. I'am a teacher for my own kids...may be it is not the same thing.. But i think being a teacher is very honorable job. A Teacher has to dedicated himself to provide education and good example to the students..Those are not an easy to do..Need more patient and self-specificity. Not everybody can be a teacher..i mean a good teacher..
• China
17 Jul 09
in fact, when i was a child, i wanted to be a teacher. but finally, i give it up. teaching is a holy career, i though. but now i think every career is good, only if u like it. well, i also think teacher need great patience.hehe...
• United States
17 Jul 09
teaching one person is totally different from teaching a group of 20 or 30 little beast. I learned that in my first year as a teacher in a public school.