What does a teacher do?

What does a teacher do?

A teacher:
Knows his stuff
Leads by example
Pushes, coaxes, challenges, rewards
Loves her subject
Knows how parents worry but reassures them by being an expert
Shares resources
Works long hours, not just in class
Wants a better society
Doesn’t want praise, but the odd box of chocolates is nice
Takes no crap
Remembers that kids have a life outside school
Uses and teaches skills you just can’t measure
Draws the line between home and school
Accepts that some kids will be long finished school before they realise how worthwhile it was
Gets on with it, no matter what the commentators say
Takes quiet kids and gives them a voice
Takes kids with a voice and amplifies it
Knows the difference between fun and messing
Can’t help bringing the work home
Reassures when progress slows
Accepts whoever comes through the door
Likes a meeting which has a beginning, a middle and an end
Is interested in exam results but not as an end in themselves
Looks for doors to open so kids can explore new ideas
Knows education is not an industry
Gave up chalk but not talk
Lives for the day, maybe once a year or so, when a kid’s face lights up suddenly and they ‘get it’

Oh, and teaches too



17 thoughts on “What does a teacher do?

  1. Love it! And thanks for the ‘like’ on my blog post.

    I wondered if you’d seen the Taylor Mali poem, “Waht Teachers Make”? I think you may like it. 😉

  2. Great website. Lots of helpful information here. I¡¦m sending it to some pals ans also sharing in delicious. And of course, thanks for your effort!

  3. Great post! Perhaps learns not to take things personally – tough part of teaching, learning to stand back from conflict, be it with parents, students, or others, and recognise the circumstances behind it, dealing with it accordingly.
    And chocolate, whether in boxes or in bars, always helps…!

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