Being a Teacher Is…

– Hard. No lie. It is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.
– The best job in the entire world. Even though it is hard, it is the best job in the entire world.
– Continually learning, exploring, and discovering and loving it.
– Loving children and celebrating their successes with them.
– Loving children, and thus, crying over their struggles, inattentiveness, apathy, disappointments, challenges and trials. And then praying for them.
– Exhausting physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially.
– Means always talking about your job: your curriculum and district’s policies (both the good and the bad), subject content, and students (good, bad, funny).
–  Using your teacher voice on your spouse, relatives, and friends.
– Wanting to read but not having time because you are grading or prepping literature lessons (ironic, no?).
– Eating a lot of feel-good food (Big Gulps, Sonic drinks, Diet Coke–whatever your fancy and chocolate–a lot of chocolate.)
– Learning, using, forgetting, losing, repenting, and praying for patience.
– Rewarding to see the lightbulb go off over your students’ heads.
– Not a 40 hour a week job. Nor does it mean having summers off. Or weekends.
– Not babysitting.
– (I believe) A calling from God. It’s like the Marine Corps motto, “The few. The proud.” Many may want to be teachers, but only a few were made and meant to be teachers.
– All I ever wanted to do. It’s my dream job.
– Getting up early in the morning and going to bed early (hopefully…at least I try).
– Putting others before you.
– Gaining friends of all ages.
– Trying to find the balance between mentor, coach, parental-figure, friend, confidant, boss, tutor.
– Loving to read others’ writings and being inspired by pre-teens and teenagers almost every day. Seriously. Kids are smart and can pick things up in literature that you never have!
– Social. Parents, coworkers, students. There is always someone to talk to!
– Time consuming. 
– Gets easier in some ways as you continue, but also gets harder in other ways.
– Almost like going through puberty all over again.
– An excellent way to use your imagination and creativity.
– Remembering to smile and always be positive.
– Constantly reminding young teenagers to put their names on their paper.
– An excuse to talk about geeky things like Marvel Comic movies, videogames, Comicon, etc.
– Is what I am meant to be.

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

  • 🙂 What a blessing that you can honestly believe and say that your career is exactly where you are meant to be!

  • All of those statements are SO true. It is such a difficult but rewarding job!