Just Curious... Why?

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  1. Fulminator

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    This is coming from a student, mind. (Yes, if you were wondering, I DO feel very much like a Russian in Cold War Britain :angel: , but I'll trudge on, anyways.) I was just wondering why the average teacher bothers to deal with the angry parents, lazy students, demanding administrators, etc. What philosophy drives you? Or is it more of a... disposition? And, if you care to mention, what got you into teaching? I have my own abstract philosophical reasoning for education in general, but can't think of a reason for a given individual to, well, suffer through it. So... why?
     
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  3. smalltowngal

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    The kids. That's why I do it. I'm lucky in that I don't have demanding administrators or angry parents.
     
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    Because on a good day, my heart sings and I feel God has put me in the classroom for a reason!
     
  5. Catcherman22

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    Seeing the growth and maturity of the students as they go from 9th to 12th grade.

    Seeing the "light turn on" for somebody who finally gets what its all about.
     
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    :thumb: This!
     
  7. readingrules12

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    Simple math is why.

    I spend 30 hours a week with children I truly enjoy teaching.

    I spend less than 2 hours a week with parents or administrators who are annoying. (Even less this year as I have a great principal). Yes, I spend more than that with parents some weeks, but most parents aren't annoying.

    If over 90% of my job is great, and I get to make a lasting difference--that is not a bad deal.
     
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    Definitely the "lightbulb" moment.
     
  9. PCdiva

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    Well said
     
  10. McParadigm

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    Because if the next generation isn't a heck of a lot smarter than my own, we're all screwed. :huh:
     
  11. TamiJ

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    I enjoy what I do. My job is such an important job and therefore what I do is very meaningful. At the end of the day it feels great to be able to do something so big every day.
     
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    Every job is going to have it's pros and cons. My husband and my friend's husband both work for the same company. They put in very long hours and it's the same thing, basically, everyday. He loves it but is also stressed about doing his job right (he's a programmer for an oil company).

    My brother worked for Microsoft. Same thing. Very stressful.

    As an educator, the pros (I feel) outweigh the cons.
     
  13. DrivingPigeon

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    :yeahthat:

    The other stuff (parents, paperwork, meetings, etc.) can be completely overwhelming at times, but I try to keep them off of my mind from 8:45-3:20 when the kids are there.
     
  14. Aliceacc

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    To be honest, that's NOT a description of my job.

    I think the last angry parent I had was 2 years ago. The story she got from her daughter was not the truth. My AP made a phone call on behalf of myself and the other teacher involved, and I got an apology from the mom.

    Lazy students are part of teaching high school. The trick is to build a relationship with them; most will come around. As to the others, you try every trick in your repetoire, then come up with more. You won't get through to every one... you have to hope and pray that someone else has found a hook that eludes you.

    As to the demanding administrators-- ours are very demanding. They demand professionalism, competency in dealing with our kids, their parents and our material. And that's as it should be; I demand the same of myself.

    I love my job, and can't imagine doing anything else.
     
  15. MrsC

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    Why?

    Last night, at our Meet the Teacher Night, I had visits (and hugs) from at least 6 former students, who are all now in high school. One stayed for half an hour after the parents left, just chatting and catching us up on what he is doing.
     

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