I’ve just got back from seeing the new Avengers Movie and all I can say is wow! I mean I think I’m still in a little bit of shock. However, I won’t say anymore as I would hate to give anything away (unless you want to know and then just message me and I’ll let you know!) So today’s blog post challenge is about what popular notion I think the world has most wrong.
I have to admit, this one is difficult for me. There are a few things which I feel quite passionate about, especially with notions which I feel still need a lot of work (such as equality) but again that is just my opinion – and who is to say that my opinion is the correct one. But what I’m choosing today is one which is quite close to my heart.
Some of you know that I’m a teacher and a lot of people I speak to say “I don’t know how you could do that job.” I’m not going to lie, it’s not an easy job (and yes I know there are other jobs that are equally stressful out there) but really it is a physically, mentally and emotionally stressful job.
You come to really care for the children in your class, you hope that they are successful in life, whatever they choose to do, you hope that you can impart the knowledge needed to become helpful citizens, contributing to society in a positive way. The mentally exhausting part is trying to ensure that all members of your class (be it 18 or 33) are meeting their potential, that you are pushing them just enough, that you are ensuring they have the best possible education you can provide. It’s mentally draining because you are in charge of x amount of little adults. You know, as an adult, how different every person is. Imagine that, in a room, where they are forced to get along. You are in charge of planning fun and active lessons for them, assessing them, marking and more planning. It’s a non-stop job, and yes we have 12 weeks of holiday (of which we are only paid for 6) but trust me when I say – they are needed. Not just for us but for the children. I know that this is a controversial topic so I’m not getting into it too much
So the notion I would like to challenge is the notion that I have heard that teachers are lazy. It is incredibly insulting to even insinuate that teachers are lazy. Mostly, they are truly anything but. Especially the colleagues who I have been lucky enough to work with. To make the change to this notion, I think people should respect others more. Yes, of course, you are entitled to your opinion but I challenge you to get to the root of that opinion, do research, go work in a school for a year (okay that’s maybe not entirely possible!) Or ask someone who is married or in a relationship with a teacher – I’ll bet they have some stories!