As the end of the academic year approaches, I start thinking (one more year!) about the reasons why I am a teacher.
After mulling over for a long period of time and bearing in mind that I’m reluctant to use humour in the classroom, these are my conclusions. They are obviously rated in order of importance. Then it is up to you to trust them or not. ;-)
10. Good salary!
9. Know all the answers in the tests.
8. Teaching is learning. That’s why I learn from you every single day.
7. Practise pedagogy and creativity without fear of arrest.
6. Free apples! (… and carrot cakes, biscuits, chocolate, candies, “obleas and barquillos”, juice, coffee, …)5. Almost massive funding for classroom supplies in times of crisis.
4. Accept diversity, advice and others’ opinions.
3. Feel that I am a part of an extraordinary team.
2. Spend leisurely summer in intensive therapy trying to recover my strength for the next course.
1. Might have to work for a living otherwise.
Haaaahh! What do you think? Are they good reasons for you to become teachers in the future? What are your reasons for doing your jobs? Write them down if you feel like it.
“The sense of humour is the oil of life’s engine. Without it, the machinery creaks and groans. Not lot is so hard, no aspect of things is so grim, but it relaxes before a hearty laugh.”