To my fellow educators out there, which part of your job do you find the most challenging?
I find the reporting time the most challenging, though I love corrections as I get to know whether the students got the idea which I had tried to teach them. But somehow reporting is so much stressful as in our school, we write profiles for each student regarding their progress. What about you?
For me the most challenging is that all students understand what I am trying to explain. Some need another kind of explanation or assignment then others. I also like to illustrate every subject with a video or a lab.
I don't have to write profiles about students, I think mine are a little bit older (12-18 years) and I only teach biology, no other subjects.
Greets and good luck!
I get annoyed with the amount of time it takes to grade papers. Our program requires specific paperwork for each course, and in mine each week I have to grade about sixteen 15-20 page papers, plus exams, quizzes, etc. I spend so much time grading outside of work hours, and of course, I don't get paid for that time.
I don't have to write profiles, and I'm not sure what that means. My students are nursing students at the college level.
We have to write each student's progress in the subjects we teach every term, when we report to the parents, those we call student profiles. I know, too much of grading takes away the joy of this profession at times, thanks!
Wouldn't it be nice to earn wages that reflected the actual time it takes to be an effective teacher? It's no wonder there is a lack of creativity in edu today, everyone is swamped trying to get the basics out of the way with zero time or resource.
Making the parents happy i find most challenging. Parents can really be demanding of you in ways that you just cant help them with. I would have to say dealing with the lack of supplies can be right up there as well.
I agree about reporting. What's difficult for me often is pin pointing the individual student's problem; I'm at a loss for words sometimes. But what I find more challenging than that is making sure that the way I teach, I cater to all types of learners (especially ones with learning difficulties). I lose lots of sleep over that during the school year. It makes me feel quite incompetent.
Don't feel incompetent, we are on the same boat, reaching each and every student in class is challenging as well as rewarding for teachers! You are making a great effort! Thanks!
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