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What Your Child's Teacher Would Love to Tell You - But Can't

Updated on January 12, 2018
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Cynthia is a writer, artist, and teacher. She loves studying language, arts, and culture, and sharing that knowledge.

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Teacher Confessions

Having been a teacher for over eight years, I have experienced some of these sentiments (though not all). I have overheard hundreds of conversations with teachers about the day-to-day grind.

I've worked in two states, taught college, high school, all the way down to preschool.

Teachers are hardworking people and they want all children to succeed. However, there are certain things they wish they could say, and do, to help improve successful outcomes for students and to have a higher overall satisfaction in their careers.

From parents, to volunteers, to society at large, we can all help teachers in their tall task of making a difference in the lives of the children they teach.

Regarding Parents

Parents love their children and would do anything for them. When it comes to school, many teachers have expressed some advice they wish they could give:

  • Kids will be kids. Sometimes they will get upset at each other: they'll lose a game, feel like something is unfair, tease (but not necessarily meaning what they're saying), and make bad choices. The one thing you can do as a parent? Let the kids work it out. Nine times out of ten, they will. When they don't, then contact your child's teacher. A good teacher will likely know of the problem already and want to contact you.
  • Your child will, at one time or another, act up. He or she will also exaggerate or sugarcoat their side of the story. It's always a good idea to find out from the teacher what happened before automatically believing what your child tells you.
  • Belligerent parents are an everyday reality. If you yell at your child's teacher, it doesn't make them like your child any less, but it will make the teacher truly want to avoid you at all costs. She might not be as inclined to go above and beyond for your child as she might for a parent who's truly appreciative of her efforts.
  • Yes, your child is special. Your child's teacher understands that. However, so are the other 18, 24, 38 or even 40 students in her class - each with their own needs and strengths that she must keep in mind and address.
  • If teachers ever call you, it's out of concern for your child. If your child can't sit still, and the teacher lets you know, it's not because she doesn't like him/her. It's because she's legitimately concerned about his/her success.
  • Also, teachers don't call parents because they want to cause trouble. They call because they're truly concerned about making school a place where your child wants to be.
  • Teachers love to talk to and get to know the parents of their students. However, early in the morning when she's getting ready for the day isn't always a good idea to have a 20-minute conversation with her. Schedule a time to talk to her and then you'll have her undivided attention.
  • Teachers and students spend most of their waking hours together. They know your students and evaluate them professionally. Parents need to give teachers room to be professionals. "Helicoptering" over your child does not help: it hinders them from becoming more independent.
  • If you have a problem, contact your child's teacher and set up an appointment. Emailing or texting is one way of communicating, but for more sensitive matters, it's best to talk in person. You can only say so much via text or email - the emotion and human factor just isn't there. That can lead to misunderstandings.
  • Children act like their parents: they repeat what they say, adopt similar attitudes toward school and learning, and have the same manners. Therefore, children are a reflection of their parents. If little Maggie constantly burps in class, someone at home most likely has taught her that behavior. Little Ben will tell the class that his mom stayed out all night with her new boyfriend after she's told him not to say anything.

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Regarding School Culture

There are certain things about the teaching profession that can make even the most dedicated teacher doubt why he or she chose this occupation - more so in recent years. However, if more people understand where teachers are coming from, together they can work toward a better future.

  • Teachers want to be more creative and they do their best with the tools they are given. Teaching to the test, many feel, stifles creativity and doesn't help learning - yet, so many teachers feel compelled to do so because their jobs are on the line. Assessments are needed, but not for more than one entire month during the academic year when you've added all the practice tests and the real ones at the end of the year.
  • Teachers are required to have students "practice" taking their end of grade tests at the elementary level. These practice tests happen throughout the year, about once per quarter. Teachers must suspend actual teaching in order to administer these tests. True, they use the data to help them determine where students still need instruction, but there are other many other ways to measure progress.
  • Most teachers wish that the "high stakes testing culture" would go away in favor of creating student portfolios, having end-of-unit assessments, and having the freedom to change and modify what they're teaching so that they can meet their own students' needs more effectively - every child and every class is different!
  • Merit pay is not a motivator. It's a source of stress. How would you feel if your own job is on the line based on how the employees under you perform on one day of testing? Furthermore, teachers have no control over whether their students get a good night's sleep before the test, whether they eat breakfast (unless the school provides it), or if little Josh's parents got into a huge fight and kept him up all night crying.
  • Similarly, teachers feel that there is so much mis-conception with tenure. Tenure is not a guarantee of employment. Tenure just means that before a principal dismisses a teacher, he or she has due process to make sure the dismissal is fair and just.
  • In fact, the education profession doesn't usually fire a teacher outright for doing substandard work. If a principal feels that a teacher is not up to par, he or she will essentially "move" into a classroom and constantly observe and evaluate that teacher. Some teachers survive that intensive review process and some don't. It's an incredibly stressful process for everyone. Thus, a teacher who doesn't meet expectations usually doesn't survive for very long in the profession.

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What's most surprising about the typical teacher work day?

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The Typical Day

So many misconceptions persist about what a teacher actually does. Here's are some of the main tasks a teacher does during the course of a day (though this list is far, far from being exhaustive): (This is for an elementary teacher; middle school and high school will vary from this, but not by much.)

  1. Lesson planning on a weekend: 8+ hours
  2. Arrive to school forty-five minutes before classes begin, about 7:10 am; call and respond to voicemail.
  3. Respond to email.
  4. Prepare classroom and make copies.
  5. Make sure students have all materials; sharpen pencils and wipe down desks.
  6. Monitor arriving students and make sure they put their things away.
  7. Call parents for those who forgot lunch.
  8. Reserve the media center and take students to check out "leveled-books."
  9. Assess students in reading.
  10. Reserve appropriate technology so students can practice a math concept.
  11. Respond to a student who just got on the McKinney-Vento list (in other words, make sure this now homeless student has a place to stay).
  12. Coordinate with the school counselor about making sure students in poverty get canned food for the weekend when they're not at school.
  13. Monitor lunch; make sure kids are eating; listen to their wonderful stories.
  14. Take students out to recess but create organized activities for students.
  15. Watch for any bullying, signs of abuse/neglect.
  16. Talk to a student who's crying. (Her mom went to the hospital.)
  17. Prepare for a math lesson and see if tutors are coming to help the different groups of students (Many times a tutor doesn't show up), but before you finish...
  18. The principal has just called an impromptu meeting to review your summative evlauation during your planning time. You call an assistant to watch your class until you return; she's supposed to be in another class.
  19. When you return, figure out why little Nathan just had a break-down in class (He hates math, but he also has a learning disability, so this lesson is exceedingly difficult for him).
  20. Check on little Manuel. His parents just arrived into the country and he speaks no English. Call the LEP teacher (Limited English Proficient, or English as a Second Language teacher) to assess him.
  21. Quickly check on the other students and make sure they're on task.
  22. Practice a fire drill and/or a lock-down drill; make sure all students are accounted for.
  23. Listen to the stories students have to tell during "show and tell."
  24. Give hugs to every child - because each one is special and needs to be heard and loved.
  25. Send one group of students to their buses; the other walks with you to the auditorium to wait while parents line up to pick them up - after verifying that they are authorized to do so.
  26. Address the parent who's concerned that little Nancy has not tested well on her recent practice end-of-grade test. Address another parent who called and wants to know why Billy pulled her daughter's hair.
  27. Finally use the bathroom at 3:15 pm. Eat your own lunch in five minutes.
  28. Attend professional development meeting after school. The meeting runs until 4:30 pm.
  29. Begin to call back all parents who called during the day, respond to emails; attend another impromptu meeting with the school's social worker about a student whose parents just got evicted from their apartment and what steps the district is taking to keep life as normal as possible for that student.
  30. Document any incidents, or any other issue of importance that arose during the day.
  31. Take stack of papers home: all the math work and reading journals need to be graded and checked. Organize lessons for the next day and see what copies, if any, need to be made. Go out and buy extra construction paper, glue, markers and cotton balls for an upcoming reading project knowing the school won't be able to reimburse the cost.
  32. Try to follow up with more phone calls in the evening. Find out why Matilda was wearing the same clothes two days in a row.

Effectively, if more people understand how hard the typical teacher works, then they'll understand why that email went unanswered for a few days, or why Mrs. DoGood didn't call you back for a day or two, or why it seemed like she was "elsewhere" when you were speaking to her this morning. Teachers really do have a lot of responsibilities.

Thank a Teacher

What Teachers Need

Teaching is not the easiest profession, but educators stay because they love children and want to see them succeed. Parents and society alike can help teachers to do just that.

  • Send a thank you card. Teachers love and appreciate these. Avoid sending teddy bears and bad candy - they get way too many of those things.
  • Become a volunteer at your child's school: you can be a good role model for your child, but you can also be there when the teacher needs to use the bathroom.
  • Teachers definitely love seeing parents and having them help out in the classroom - just be sure to let them know beforehand so they can ensure that they have work that they can give you. Showing up and saying "how can I help?" might sound good, but if a teacher is teaching a specific activity that only she can do, you might have just made a trip for nothing.
  • Set aside time to read to your kids. Every single day. Parents who read to their kids - all the way through high school if they can help it - have children who tend to be much more successful in school. These children also behave better.
  • Remember, there are days when teachers want to give up - just like in any profession - but a parent who reports on a child's success or how a teacher has made a difference makes it worth it. Better yet, a student who has gone on to do great things because of a particular teacher is the ultimate compliment - and lets the teacher know - will have her crying happy tears - literally!
  • Don't forget: teachers are human. They do make mistakes - just like anyone else. There's no need to get riled up if your child brings home a C and it should have been a B. Just take a moment to talk to the teacher and she'll remedy the problem. So, it's also good to be an advocate for your child.
  • Many parents don't volunteer nearly as much at the high school level as they do at the elementary level. Teachers need parents' help at the high school level almost as often: they still need volunteers to help with food, supplies, grading, field trips, coordinating other out-of-school activities, etc.
  • Finally: teachers are on the same side as parents. They all want what's best for a student.

© 2014 Cynthia Calhoun


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      Cynthia Calhoun 21 months ago from Western NC

      Hi, sweet Christy! Thank you so much!'s an intense day, that's for sure. :) I live for thank you cards! They just make me melt and smile all over. :D

      Sending you hugs! Have a wonderful evening! xo

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      Christy Birmingham 21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Such a comprehensive hub here, Cyndi! I like how you set out exactly what is involved in the school day, point by point. Also, great about the idea of the thank you card -- teachers deserve many of them! Well written xx

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      Cynthia Calhoun 3 years ago from Western NC

      Stargrrl - thank you so much! Being a teacher, we get that hard-earned experience, don't we? Haha. I hope you're having a great school year. :)

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      Stargrrl 3 years ago

      This is an extraordinary hub. One of the best I have read on Hubpages. As a fellow teacher, I can definitely say you nailed it! Well done!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Joedolphin88 - haha, I will tell you that in many situations, teachers really like their students and can speak to how hard they work. However, there are those students out there who, no matter what you do - as a teacher OR as a parent - it seems nothing will help. Those are the times when adults need to get inventive to find the way of reaching that particular child: it can be done, but it can be extremely difficult. But in those circumstances, this is when it's critical that parents and teachers are on the same side. Thanks for your comments. Have a great day!

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      Joe 4 years ago from north miami FL

      Imagine if they said everything that was on their minds. For a lot of children's parents that would be unbearable.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Dianna - thank you so much! I hope it does help. :) I appreciate your comments and for stopping by! HUGS

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      You have hit every one of the highlights in this article for teachers. Great advice for parents on how to react and what they can do to help their child succeed.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Glimmer Twin Fan - thank you SO much for stopping by! I appreciate your feedback and kind words. Yes, haha, there are so many more things not on that list...but so many of us do love the challenge. Have a great day!

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      Claudia Mitchell 4 years ago

      Wow - what a great list. I can only imagine there are other things that can't be put on the list. Teachers have one of the most difficult jobs and I admire them.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Aviannovice - that's awesome! Teachers love, LOVE it when former students let them know what they're up to. Thanks for coming by sweet friend! Hugs.

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Teachers work harder now than they ever did, due to computers, cell phones, etc. It is not easy, and when I had the chance to look up former teachers to thank them, I did so.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Vicki - whew! I got tired writing this, lol. Thank you so much for your friendship and support, Cyber Sis. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Michelle - Yes! Haha. I love your words. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing. xo

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Wow, great job! Teachers have TOO many responsibilities. I don't know how they stay in public education for 20, 30 years. It's exhausting just reading this! :-)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Amen to all this!!! I had all this to say when I was teaching......and I wished the parents out there would know it too. Sharing now!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      CyberShelley - I definitely enjoyed school, too, and though I didn't grow up thinking that I'd be a teacher, so many people felt like I should be one and I finally listened to them. :) Thank you for your feedback! I'm really glad your son had a good school experience - that's so important for lifelong learning.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Rose - thanks so much! Yes, public school is definitely different from private school; I should write a hub on the differences sometime. :) Private options are really good for creative-types because you really can be creative. Thanks for the idea. :-)

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      It is a hard job and I can only admire teachers. I always supported the teacher and my son enjoyed his school career - so in this respect I was lucky. Tremendous post on what is a hard job. Up, interesting and useful.

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You did such a great job with this topic, Cyndi! I agree with your comment about the public school perspective as well. If I go back to teaching, I will most likely pursue private options exclusively. It's certainly not a perfect world, but it's a better one. I know that this article will be a source of inspiration and comfort for a wide range of teachers.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Denise - wow! You know all the ins and outs of the educational world. :) Parents DO make a big difference. When they support teachers and create a unified team, they then can really help a child blossom and succeed. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Bravewarrior - thank you so much for your feedback. I still keep in touch with many of my teachers - of course, I always loved school and loved to respect them. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Glenn - yes, teachers love parents, but sometimes parents don't necessarily like to hear that their child hasn't acted appropriately. But really, who among us is perfect? It's almost expected that children won't be angelic all the time: we're all only human. But addressing any issues to help children grow is what's hard sometimes - no one likes to have imperfections pointed out, but...doing so can definitely help us blossom into our best selves. :) Thanks for your comments!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      PegCole - thank you so much for your feedback. I *admire* your sister! What an awesome legacy of elementary education she's done! And yes, so many of us purchase materials so that our children can have those opportunities for learning. :)

      Thanks again!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Quoteslover - thank you so much! I loved including your hub, too - it was very well written and I definitely love spreading the HubLove. :)

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      Denise W Anderson 4 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Having been married to a teacher turned school administrator for the past 35+ years, I echo every sentiment of this hub! Parents make a big difference in the lives of their children in school, and when they support their children's teachers, it makes life better for all involved in the learning process!

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Cyndi, thank you for this in-depth look into a teacher's life. Our teachers are so under-appreciated, yet where would we be without them?

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      Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I can see that one of the most difficult things for a teacher is to communicate with parents about their child. Some parents take things the wrong way. Rather than accepting constructive information about their child, they become threatened for some unknown reason. Probably due to the way they themselves were brought up. It's not easy.

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      Peg Cole 4 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      It is an incredible job that our teachers perform. My sister taught in elementary education for 26 years and I remember many times that she personally purchased the materials the children needed which was not provided.

      Many thanks to you and all the other teachers out there for what you do everyday.

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      Quotes Lover 4 years ago

      It's a wonderful piece of work which force you think in more positive way. Thanks for sharing and mentioning my hub in this great article.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      B. Leekley - yes! YES! All this and more! I'm always having these sorts of discussions with other parents, family, friends, coworkers: we need all these different perspectives. The fact that so many people are homeschooling and creating alternative schools is a symptom that our whole educational system may need an overhaul. It's not the teachers: I have always felt like it's more about society. Schools are mirror images - microcosms of what's going on in our civilization - what's good and what's bad about society are reflected in our schools. And so yes, the question does become: WHY? So often "thinking out of the box" and "problem solving" are important skills that are overlooked in many schools - in favor of testing and conformity. *sigh* And teachers can only do so much to alleviate the problem...

      I love those sites you mentioned, too. :)

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      Brian Leekley 4 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      Up, Useful, Interesting, and shared with followers, on social networking sites, and with the teachers among my relations and friends.

      Questions for students, teachers, parents, other relations, administrators, taxpayers, and other community members to come together to ask and discuss: Why school? Why what school? What is needed? How meet those needs?

      There are different perspectives. Let them all be heard.

      What's needed are adults schooled to obey and to read and follow instructions?

      What's needed are adults schooled to together solve problems and create an ever more beautiful and wonderful planet home for humanity and nature?

      What's needed are schools that make big profits for investors?


      As Simon Sinek says, start with why.



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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      North Wind - I love this one, too. :) I firmly believe that learning isn't just something that takes place in the classroom - parents and friends of children have the opportunity for "teachable moments" anytime of day. Reading each day shows children that their parents feel it's important.

      Thanks for your comments.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      DzyMsLizzy - absolutely. There are "bad apples" in every profession across the board - and it's frustrating that they can ruin it for everyone else - a teacher reading real estate manuals in this day and age wouldn't be able to do that for long: so many people come in and out of the classroom now that that behavior just wouldn't fly. Same for the person who ridicules students: word will get out that that teacher doesn't have rapport with students and they're not learning.

      I once worked with a "teacher" who was, in fact, let go for doing a similar thing: she pretended to teach until a student recorded her not doing her job. When they presented the evidence to the principal, she was gone. That IS something teachers also have to take into account: in an age where there is surveillance, they can and will be on video at some point.

      I love what you said about standarized tests - so true! I agree that it is a scam - those publishers are making millions!

      Thanks so much for your feedback!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Bobbi - Even now, as an adult, I remember the teachers who made such a difference that I STILL keep in touch with them. :) Whenever I visit my hometown, I visit them, too. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Someonewhoknows - Yes - I think that's true in all walks of life. Thanks for sharing that. :)

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Truthfornow - You're correct - volunteers are critical for helping to ensure each child gets the attention he or she needs.

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      North Wind 4 years ago from The World (for now)

      "Set aside time to read to your kids. Every single day. Parents who read to their kids - all the way through high school if you they can help it - have children who tend to be much more successful in school. These children also behave better."

      For that one point alone I WHOLEHEARTEDLY agree with you. I do not know why it is not done more often. It would make things so much easier on teachers because it improves comprehension and that is needed in all subjects. Great hub about teachers. I think that truly they need to be appreciated more.

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Well put. MOST teachers are there for the kids; a few don't belong in that profession. Twice during my kids' school days, I had occasion to remind a teacher that, in essence, as a taxpayer, THEY worked for ME, and that their teaching methods were unacceptable.

      In the first case, the dude's idea of "teaching" was to hand out dittos while he locked the classroom door (strictly against the rules), and sat with his feet on his desk studying real estate manuals!

      The second case was a so-called 'teacher' who would not answer student's questions; made them feel stupid, and ridiculed them if they asked anything regarding the lesson.

      Those clowns did not belong in the teaching profession.

      On your #24--you have to be VERY careful and circumspect in this day and age, when the favorite public pastime seems to be reporting teachers for "inappropriate contact" for something as innocent as a comforting hug. It makes me sick!

      Teachers are important: standardized tests are not! Leave the teachers alone to TEACH, and the kids will learn! Screw all the testing! It's nothing but a scam to put money into the pockets of the test creators and publishers!

      Voted up, interesting and useful!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Teachers are always remembered by the students, especially if they made a difference in their lives. At my class reunion---our teachers were the most popular subject---and how their teachings motivated us to reach higher and to accomplish more in life.

      Thanks for writing this hub.

      Bobbi Purvis

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      someonewhoknows 4 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      One percent inspiration and ninety nine percent perspiration.

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      Wow. Sounds like a ton of work. Definitely need more volunteers in the classroom.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Rebecca - ha! Teaching: taking the good with the not so good. :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I hear that!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Kathleen - aw, thank you! I'll look for that hub and backlink it here. :)

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

      Rebecca - Ha! I think you'd be right! :) I appreciate your feedback. And yes, I can vouch for 2,000+ thoughts going through my mind during the day. :)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I once read that at least 2 thousand thoughts or decisions run though a teacher's mind on a daily basis. Great job describing a teacher's role!

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      Kathleen Cochran 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      I've written a similar hub myself. I think yours is better. I hope it gets a lot of views because parents need to know these things. Sharing.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Cara - I know, right? Oooh - we could team up and you could write one from a parent's perspective. :D

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      cardelean 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great article. Also, many teachers are also parents too so they know how you feel on the flip side.

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      Cynthia Calhoun 4 years ago from Western NC

      Haha...BB, these reflections are more from the public school perspective, too - private school is definitely different - but still, this is the kind of stuff that burned me out for awhile. Until I found a way back in. lol

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That about covers it all. Honestly, I don't miss it. I did for about a month, but now...nope. :)


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