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Those Who Can, Do, and Those Who Can't, Teach?!

Updated on August 24, 2017

Devaluation of Teaching Profession - Not an Option! Either for Teachers or Parents!

I don't have the slightest idea who came up with this idea, but somehow it turned into one of those cliches you hear on daily basis. And one of those which devalues teaching as a profession.

In the meantime, those who use this cliché conveniently forget one simple truth: If you showed any interest whatsoever during your school years, teachers were the ones who pushed you to see your limits and possibilities.

Teachers are the ones who helped you become the person you are today!

Image source: Male Teacher Sweatshirt by stick_figures

What Exactly Teachers Do?

Taylor Mali is today a professional poet but he used to be a teacher himself.After being asked by a lawyer for an honest answer to the question, "You're a teacher Taylor--what do you make?" (aka earn), he decided to write a poem about the roles and responsibilities of teachers.

Taylor Mali is currently on a mission to create 1,000 new teachers through poetry, persuasion, and perseverance. So far, he's got 372.

Please, take a look at this video clip before moving down the page!

What's Your Opinion on This Matter? - Agree or disagree when you hear the sentence:

Those Who Can, Do, and Those Who Can't, Teach?!

Another Cliche - Teachers Work 5 hours a Day at Most!

I have heard different people with different backgrounds saying to my husband who happens to be a teacher: "You are overpaid - you work like 5 hours a day!" And this is so untrue! Those people don't know and don't care about the numerous nights he stayed awake preparing everything for a school project before an upcoming holiday or some other integrated project.

There is so much teachers do behind the closed doors of their homes! They have to prepare to be able to stand in front of the kids and teach! Teaching is not just talking! School lessons have to have a flow, a structure and rarely would any teacher come to class unprepared! But this many parents don't see or count as working hours!

Calling all Teachers!

Help me break these cliches!

Teacher's Poll: How many hours a day you spend preparing for your class?

We are talking here about an average hours you spend each day for preparation for class, including paperwork, rating papers, checking homework, etc. And we're talking about teachers with full-time job!

I spend preparing for class...

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Why We Teach by Sonia Nieto

Why teach? Listen to the voices of both veteran and new teachers as they share their most heartfelt and thoughtful replies to this simple but important question. Sonia Nieto, a distinguished teacher in her own right, has gathered the insights and inspirations of K-12 classroom teachers as they examine how and why they find purpose and value in the work they do. The teachers in this book, like so many across the country, do the kind of work that may not grab headlines but is far more important than even the highest test score: These teachers listen closely to their students. They share in their students' struggles and successes. They create a classroom climate that encourages growth, direction, and purpose. They help students develop into thoughtful, engaged citizens. The teachers in this book show us the kinds of learning that really matter, and the kinds of lessons that students can take with them for their entire lives. This inspirational book focuses on the quintessential values of teaching, challenges current notions that focus on only accountability, testing, and standardization, and provide a compelling message of hope for public education.

Stand for the Best: What I Learned after Leaving My Job as CEO of H&R Block to Become a Teacher and Founder of an Inner-City Charter School by Thomas M.Bloc

Thirteen years ago, Tom Bloch was CEO of H&R Block, the groundbreaking tax organization. The son of the company's founder, he was a happily married 41-year-old executive, but something was missing from his life. After a nineteen-year career at the company, Bloch resigned his position to become a math teacher in an impoverished inner-city section of Kansas City. Stand for the Best reveals Bloch's struggles to make a difference for his marginalized students and how he eventually co-founded a successful charter school, University Academy.

See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers

This is the book that will save rookies' souls when they lose the strength to save their classrooms. With tales from more than one hundred veterans from across the country, teachers everywhere will find themselves laughing, maybe crying, and definitely taking notes. Readers at the toughest schools will be relieved to find a resource that deals specifically with their struggles instead of insisting that all teaching situations are the same. This is the book that will keep the great teachers of the future from quitting before they become great.

Many new teachers have been waiting for someone to break the "stay positive!" code and talk about the parts of the job that make teachers question their career choices. While other books cover the eyes of readers to keep from scaring them, this one asks teachers to be brutally honest about how tough teaching truly is and whether the rewards are still worth it. The answer is yes.

Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire

In a Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by guns, gangs, and drugs, there is an exceptional classroom known as Room 56. The fifth graders inside are first-generation immigrants who live in poverty and speak English as a second language. They also play Vivaldi, perform Shakespeare, score in the top 1 percent on standardized tests, and go on to attend Ivy League universities. Rafe Esquith is the teacher responsible for these accomplishments.

From the man whom The New York Times calls "a genius and a saint" comes a revelatory program for educating today's youth. In Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire!, Rafe Esquith reveals the techniques that have made him one of the most acclaimed educators of our time. The two mottoes in Esquith's classroom are "Be Nice, Work Hard," and "There Are No Shortcuts." His students voluntarily come to school at 6:30 in the morning and work until 5:00 in the afternoon. They learn to handle money responsibly, tackle algebra, and travel the country to study history. They pair Hamlet with rock and roll, and read the American classics. Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire! is a brilliant and inspiring road map for parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about the future success of our nation's children.

© 2009 Mihaela Vrban

What's the Most Important Thing you Learned from Your Teacher?

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      6 years ago

      "You have too much class to be a poor man!"

    • tandemonimom lm profile image

      tandemonimom lm 

      7 years ago

      Great debate! ** BLESSED ** and featured on Blessed by Tandemonimom! Also lensrolled to Why I Chose Homeschool.

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      8 years ago

      To believe in the children who never believed in themselves. I became a teacher because of other great teachers who I wanted to emulate.

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      8 years ago

      Well done Michelle! Most of my friends are teachers and I can certainly appreciate their efforts more and glad that you can put that message out to the world...

    • JuneMary LM profile image

      JuneMary LM 

      8 years ago

      I was lucky in that most of my teachers were really good teachers and I learnt to be curious.

      I collect information like other people collect ornaments or teddy bears.

    • JoyfulPamela2 profile image


      9 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thank you for this well done article. I can't imagine being anything but a teacher. I love teaching! It's exhausting and hard work, but when their little faces light up with something you are encouraging them with, it is certainly worth it all.

    • evelynsaenz1 profile image

      Evelyn Saenz 

      9 years ago from Royalton

      My teachers taught me that no child is a failure. My teachers taught me to love learning. My teachers taught me that no matter how hard the subject is there is a way to understand and the key is to find the way to make that subject interesting.

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      9 years ago

      Whenever a teacher was passionate I loved the subject he taught. Passionate regarding the subjects and passionate regarding the kids. Without passion no good teaching is possible.

    • drifter0658 lm profile image

      drifter0658 lm 

      9 years ago

      The most important thing I learned from any of my teachers was passion. Be passionate about life and much knowledge will flow your way.

      Awesome lens!

      Smell the smoke?

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      Addy Bell 

      9 years ago

      My mother in law thinks teachers are "overpaid" because their day is done at 3 pm, they get all that vacation, etc, whereas my father in law (now retired) worked until 6, etc.

      I've taught in various settings -- music lessons, art lessons, adjunct/guest faculty, after-school enrichment programs, Girl Scouts ... . I told my MIL that on days when I taught, even though I only spent two hours in the classroom, I worked twice as hard in those two hours alone than my husband works in a typical eight hour day. Kid-wrangling is HARD WORK.

    • justholidays profile image


      9 years ago

      Well, a well put together lens. However, a biased debate since all countries don't face the same problems and their teaching system don't work in the same way. But worth to read.


    • GonnaFly profile image


      9 years ago from Australia

      Great lens! I know when I was teaching at a "real" school, I would spend hours in preparation, marking etc.

    • nickupton lm profile image

      nickupton lm 

      9 years ago

      Great subject.

    • norma-holt profile image


      9 years ago

      Great lens and we should never stop thanking teachers for our education.

    • mysticmama lm profile image

      Bambi Watson 

      9 years ago

      Great subject for a debate lens!

    • SusannaDuffy profile image

      Susanna Duffy 

      9 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      If you can read this - thank a teacher

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      9 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      I definitely DON'T believe that those who teach a certain subject or profession couldn't be very successful if they worked in that area in some way other than teaching. So I don't see teaching as a fall-back. Perhaps it has been for some, but I don't believe that's true at all for most people who teach. For example, many people who teach creative writing have written books that have been published and have been quite successful.

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      9 years ago

      The most important thing I personally learned from a teacher: that primary sources are much better than secondary sources. The most important thing my daughter learned from a teacher (in first grade): not to take life so seriously. Love this lens. I teach and I love teachers.

    • KathyMcGraw2 profile image

      Kathy McGraw 

      9 years ago from California

      One of my favorite teachers was in the 5th grade. I told her I wanted to be a writer, and she told me to "never stop dreaming the impossible dream, and to continue writing." Over all these years I remember that the most.

    • capriliz lm profile image

      capriliz lm 

      9 years ago

      Excellent lens! I am so glad to see you put this together. You have brought up so many valid points in favor of our teachers. A long time ago I had a Guidance Counselor who refused to put me in the Business Program. You have to realize, at the time that meant shorthand, bookkeeping, and typing! She insisted that I stay in the College Prep program. She did me a huge favor.

    • spunkyduckling profile image


      9 years ago

      That I was intelligent although I did not feel that way. That education was important. And that there is a difference between an opinion and a fact. I'll never forget that one. There are more but these is from my favorite teacher.


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