Teaching is an art rather than just a mere profession. Each of us learn things all our lives but, very few of us know how to teach what is learned. How would you like holding your temper all through the day and continually making children understand what you are trying to say? It is a hard job.
Teachers know this and hence they would not want people asking or telling them the wrong things. Find out the things you mustn't tell a teacher...
"If you really loved teaching, you wouldn't care how much you get paid" -
The fact is that each one of us is chasing money. The very reason to educate ourselves is to end up with a "high-paying" job. Even with those who have chosen their profession based on their interest, due to tough times that come without warning, at times they may feel bad about their earnings. But, it doesn't mean they must not express themselves once in a while. To be doing a tough job and being paid less (due to general norms) is bad enough to hear someone say this to them!
"I think I might take up teaching after I retire!" -
Teaching is not to kill boredom when one has no other job to do! It humiliates the profession when one remarks in such a manner. It makes teachers think that they are working in a low-profile job. It may hamper their self-confidence. Also, it cannot be ruled out wholly as a pensioner's job!
"You should be more organised so that you don't have to bring work back home" -
A teacher must always be on their toes to learn more so that he/she can teach better. Therefore, along with the children, they too do their homeworks. This includes learning a new chapter, solving a difficult problem, thinking of new ways to put across an idea etc. They are doing their job and to the best of their ability. So if they are working at home collecting data or correcting answer books, be sure to know the reason why instead of asking them to be organised. Because, like everyone else, they too are given with just 24 hours.
"I think you are too tough on the children!" -
We pick up fights and are half the time angry at our bosses or higher ups. The teachers have to control all their anger and frustrations. They have to constantly remind themselves to treat all students alike. They have to repeat things several times to make students understand. They have to know things to be able to answer unexpected questions. They have to put up with the stress. Certainly, they aren't robots to not to lose their cool once in a while. It is as bad as telling a painter that he doesn't know colour combinations.
"You're so lucky to have all summer off. You don't have to work as much as the other professionals!" -
Teachers do have many things to do when the others think they have a long vacation to spend. Most of their summer vacations are meant for 'preparation' for the next term or new batch of students. Statements like this will make them feel they are "job-less".
"I don't know how you can keep doing a job that pays so less!"-
This is the most outrageous thing to say! Not only does this statement make teaching profession look like a small job, but it outrightly says that it is something lower than the rest of the jobs available!
Teachers deserve appreciation for what they do and who they are. They are the ones who mold children into educated adults to take care of their lives. The least the non-teaching people can do is to respect their profession and to respect them.
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