One topic I've never really discussed on this blog is my life as an English teacher. Mostly because I'm afraid to say much because teachers have to make sure to keep private & personal lives separate. However, I've gotten a few questions about what it's like to be a teacher, so I thought I'd touch on it a little bit. After all, it is a huge part of my life & who I have become over the past two & a half years.
I teach high school English to 10th, 11th, & 12th graders at a local charter school. Teaching is both an exhausting & exhilarating career choice. Those of you teachers out there know exactly what I'm talking about. Every day is different than the one before which I LOVE. However, it's not glamorous nor is it easy. Yes, we get summers off but we fully make up for that with the amount of "over time" we put in planning, grading, & simply worrying about our students after school hours & over the weekend. I love my life & my students, but there are many days where I just want throw my hands up in the air & give up. As a young teacher, I especially feel that teaching must be a passion of yours. There's some insane statistic that shows the percentage of new teachers that quit within the first five years is staggering. I don't find that difficult to believe. It's an emotional roller coaster that has caused me to put my head on my desk crying on multiple occasions. The truth of the matter: it's really freaking hard being a teacher.
I come from a family of teachers. My mother was actually my elementary school principal growing up (you guessed it-- I never got sent to the principal's office). My sister is a second grade teacher. As a teenager & up until graduation, I wanted nothing to do with teaching. However, after dabbling with a more creative major (photography), I realized it was no use fighting what fate had clearly already set before me. Now, I can't imagine doing anything else. It's one of the most fulfilling professions.
The students are the best part. They are the reason teachers stay. I'm not going to lie, I've come close to quitting before. However, I didn't because of my students. It's quite phenomenal how attached you can get to them. I work at a small charter school & am lucky enough to have a tight-knit group of kids that I get to really connect with. They are so freaking cool. I am continuously blown away by just how amazing they are. They've taught me so many things!
I know I'm leaving out so many things I want to say on this topic, but I will step off my proverbial soapbox & hope that I haven't scared too many of you away! Don't worry. I don't plan on making this a teacher blog or anything from now on. I just wanted to share a slice of my life that I've been keeping to myself for a while now on this blog. Also, please let me know if any of you have any other questions about teacher. I'd love to talk with you about this topic!