Written by Alison Smith
Posted Thursday December 6
Teachers, right now you may be feeling exhausted. I’ve written this blog to remind you that you are incredible.
20 Reasons Why Teachers Are Incredible
1. Teachers Are Silent Heros
You work silently during and after school hours often without recognition. Sundays are spent planning and preparing for the school week ahead and the school holidays are often not really holidays. There is so much that you do that goes unnoticed. So much hard work goes behind the scenes. Thank you, teachers for being incredible.
2. Teachers Still Plan and Prepare When They Are Sick
Every teacher knows that it’s more exhausting to plan for a relief teacher than it is to drag your sick self to work and try to make it through the day. Going to work is often easier than trying to articulate your daily plans to a relief teacher.
Then there’s the teacher’s guilt. How will your students cope without you? Will the lesson be taught as well as you would do it? Will your less confident students get the support that they need? Who will coordinate your after-school sports session?
For those days when taking a sick day is the only option, ease the stress and use our Relief Teaching Folder (For Classroom Teachers). Download this unbeatable teaching resource now and collate all the information and resources relief teachers may need when they come into your classroom in one organised folder!
3. Teachers Give the Most Important Gift of All
Not only do you give your students the gift of learning you also give them the gift of thinking for themselves. Never underestimate the positive impact you are making on the lives of individuals. You are truly incredible.
4. Teachers Make a Record Number of Decisions
Teachers make a huge number of decisions each day, much like a manager but without the pay. Teacher decisions are both big and small, but every one of them is as important to your students as the last. From grading students to deciding whether to use messy paint or easy crayons, teachers make seemingly endless decisions each day.
5. Teachers Touch Every Aspect of Society
Teachers have a far-reaching influence on society. It is often said that other than parents or guardians, no other person can have a more profound influence on an individual than a teacher. Your students are deeply affected by your influence, your character, compassion, competence, values, and commitment.
6. Teachers Are Multi-Tasking Speed Eaters
I don’t know of any other profession in which it is the norm to eat your lunch in four minutes while supervising a large crowd of small humans, in a high-risk open space. How is that indigestion going?
7. Teachers Have Bladders of Steel
Teachers, there’s no time to go to the bathroom. Oh and I forgot to mention that you’ll be lucky if there’s time to go during your so-called ‘break’. Part of your job as a teacher is to monitor your water intake so that you don’t need to go to the bathroom during lesson time.
8. Teachers Shape Future Generations
Teachers shape the future by touching lives and strengthening communities. That is YOU I’m talking about. You are incredible.
9. Teachers Are Patience Experts
Teachers have the patience of a saint. That is all.
10. Teachers Are Student Mentors
Teachers are not just educators, they are also carers and mentors to their students. Not everyone realizes that teachers often help and support their students to beat the odds in challenging times at school and in their home life. Your class is like your extended family and you are incredible.
11. Teachers Listened to Their Higher Calling
Have you ever heard a teacher say that they can’t imagine doing any other job? Many teachers say that they didn’t choose the job, but rather that the job chose them.
12. Teachers Make Complicated Stuff Seem Simple
Teachers make solving long division feel like a breeze and constructing adjectival phrases feel like a walk in the park.
13. Teachers Put the Extraordinary Into the Ordinary
Teachers use kung fu to teach punctuation and games to teach mathematics. You are the magician and an incredible one at that.
14. Teachers Work Massive Hours
While most people expect to work a 38-hour full-time week, teachers are often working far more than this. We are talking before school, after school, weekends and holiday. The Teach Starter team know it and we think you are incredible.
15. Teachers Arm Children with Education
As Nelson Mandela says, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
16. Teachers Help Children to Discover Themselves
Teachers provide their students with the opportunity and classroom experience to discover themselves. From strengths and weaknesses to likes to dislikes, teachers help their students to develop emotional intelligence and to find out who they are.
17. Teachers Never Give Up
Teachers never give up on students. Instead, they think of yet another strategy to make the light bulb switch on. Teachers never give up on themselves or each other. They keep moving forward, however bad the day was. You are incredible.
18. Teachers Open Hearts and Inspire Minds
Teachers motivate their students and inspire them to be the best that they can be. Teachers encourage and believe in their students. This unwavering faith opens hearts and minds to the world of possibility. Did I tell you that you are incredible?
19. Teachers Are Crafty
Do you ever find yourself looking at rubbish and wondering whether you could make something out of that? If you are anything like me, you see serious craft potential in paper plates, tubes and cardboard boxes. If you need any more convincing read my blog 10 Ways to Spark Imagination with a Cardboard Box.
20. Teachers Do What They Do From the Heart
It’s no secret teaching is a low-paid profession. If you’re not doing it for the money, you are doing it from the heart. You are incredible.
Have You Shared This Incredible Secret?
There is one more thing that teachers do incredibly well and that is supporting each other.
The end of the school year or semester is a great time to tell your colleagues that they are incredible. Share this blog and tag a friend because you care.
Who doesn’t love a handwritten card to remind them how incredible they are? You can’t go wrong with our new and beautifully designed and [FREE] Teacher Colleagues Thank You Cards. They have been designed with teacher camaraderie in mind. Choose from one of eight different messages, write a personalized note on the back and post them into staff pigeonholes as a lovely surprise.
For that extra special teacher friend who has supported you through thick and thin, why not give them a thoughtful present and attach one of our new [FREE]Teacher Colleague Gift Tags.
Do one very special thing today and let your teacher friends know that they are incredible.
In the spirit of camaraderie, share this blog and remind your colleagues of how special they are and the many reasons why teachers are incredible.
Make a shout out to an incredible teacher that you know on Instagram #teachstarter.
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