Teachers who complain about Teaching

The Guardian - August 2015

The above was tweeted in a link and I responded but only in 140 Characters.

My full response is: There are certain careers that I feel people go into because they have a passion for it and Teaching is one of them. So, I don't understand when Teachers say they can't face another Academic year and would ask them to consider changing careers.

Ofcourse, there is a lot of paperwork, but that comes with the territory and Teachers can find ways round it. Maybe once a week, take some work home. As for pay, it is very reasonable in UK. It's interesting that no Teacher complains about all the paid holidays though. Every Term has a weeks holiday, plus Easter - 2 weeks Holiday, Xmas - 2 weeks Holiday, Summer - over 4 weeks Holiday. ٩(•̮̮̃•̃)۶ As for the political side, that's what we have Unions for.

Kids, Students or even Adult learners deserve the best quality of teaching:

  • Teachers who want to support every learner in making progress.
  • Teachers who will go the extra mile. It’s all worthwhile.
  • Teachers who because of their desire to teach, make lessons fun, creative and interactive so learners actually look forward to their lessons, instead of dreading them or even dreading the Teacher!

"To teach is to touch a life forever" and you will notice this when long after a student has left you, they still come back to visit you or contact you, to let you know how they are doing. If a Teacher hates their job, they will do the bare minimum, learners will not be challenged and there is a lot of knowledge they would miss out on.

So, if you are a new Teacher or an old Teacher who is dreading returning to School, I hope these 50 Inspiring Quotes inspire you http://www.curatedquotes.com/quotes-for-teachers/

I don't believe the saying "A Teachers reward is in Heaven." (◕‿◕) It's right here on planet earth. I have been teaching Adults in FE (Further Education) for over 12 years and also run a Private Tuition for kids. It would take another Hub for me to write about the rewards, which I won't, but Trust me - It's worth putting your heart into any Career you pursue in life. Karma never fails. Wishing you success for the new academic year.

For any Teachers reading, it would be interesting to know what would motivate you / motivates you to keep on Teaching? Thank you for reading.

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billybuc 13 months ago from Olympia, WA

I taught for eighteen years, Lady E, and I would have done it for free...I loved teaching. Every year there were some teachers who did nothing but complain....I never understood it. I'm glad you brought this up.


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whonunuwho 13 months ago from United States

I agree Bill. This is a thing needing to be addressed. Why teach at all if you don't love what you are doing? It is certainly not for monetary gain. whonu


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manatita44 13 months ago from london

Powerful words from you and the last photo, and Food for Thought. A very difficult area, and one rather like being a Social Worker. Many pros and many cons. Still, I like your stand. Much Love here, Elena.


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Lady_E 13 months ago from London, UK Author

@BillyBuc Thank you Bill. Your comment means a lot; I am glad you loved it and were in the Profession for so long. You still are...cos you inspire us through your Hubs. It's such a privilege to help learners see the best in themselves and watch them grow/progress. Best Wishes.


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Lady_E 13 months ago from London, UK Author

@whonunuwho Thanks. I agree there should be a passion for it. As for money, in UK it's a very good wage so even if Teachers put in extra time, it shouldn't really make them unhappy. People don't seem to realise that the good they do finds them back in other ways. I'm glad you stopped by.


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Lady_E 13 months ago from London, UK Author

@Manatita44 Hope you are doing fine. Thanks for your comment. Every job has its Pros and Cons but if it's done with passion, people will reap what they sow. Apart from that, if people love their work, it doesn't even feel like work. Ofcourse, we are human and might have the odd bad day, but we bounce back. I appreciate you stopping by.


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Matt Easterbrook5 13 months ago from Oregon

Yes every great hero teacher that I can ever remember really had a passion for teaching. No excuses if they do not want to be in the classroom then tell them to get a job a McDonald's maybe that will bring their passion back after a year or so in reality land. Elena way to tell it as it is "You Rock".


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always exploring 13 months ago from Southern Illinois

I can still remember some of my teachers in grade school. My English teacher was so mean. She was like 80 years old and should have retired years ago. I remember the good ones too. Every teacher should realize how much they touch a child's life. I didn't know you were a teacher. Good for you!!!


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Lady_E 13 months ago from London, UK Author

@MattEasterbrooks Thanks, that made me smile. I think a month in McDonald's will do it. I appreciate you stopping by.


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FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

When you hate any job, it's time to trade professions, but it especially impacts those in the learning and health professions. Care matters. Good topic!


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BlossomSB 13 months ago from Victoria, Australia

It would be an interesting school where you only needed to take work home once a week! Apart from checking students' books there are test-papers and exam papers to mark and teachers need to spend quite an amount of time in lesson preparation to keep things interesting - both for the students and for themselves. Most students are a delight, but almost every class has just a few who can make life difficult for both the teacher and other students. Interesting.


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Lady_E 13 months ago from London, UK Author

@BlossomSB Thanks. The article is to encourage people who hate Teaching to take work home. I personally take papers home daily. I teach on NVQ Courses which require Student Portfolio's to be Assessed daily and progress reviews updated on ILPs. I'm used to it. For ESOL, I don't take much work home, but spend lots of time at home preparing creative lessons and lesson plans.

It's lovely to know about your Teaching Experience. I have also seen the titles of some of your Hubs and hope to read them.

Have a lovely weekend.


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Lady_E 13 months ago from London, UK Author

@FlourishAnyway - So True. Afterall, people spend approx 35 hours a week working the whole year. It's a lot of negative energy wasted, while they could have built/created and enjoyed a beautiful career.

I appreciate you stopping by.

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