Wednesday, April 30, 2014

“Sometimes being a teacher is hard.”

Most educators will tell you that teaching is a calling: It’s not a glamorous job. It’s often not a high-paying job. It can be frustrating and time-consuming. But, it’s a rewarding job, and that’s why they chose to enter a profession that many of us consider one of the toughest jobs in the world. Teachers are passionate about what they do for many reasons. I came across this heartfelt story from a teacher who shares an experience that reminded her of why she chose to teach.

“Sometimes being a teacher is hard.

It's been particularly hard lately because we're in the middle of standardized testing season, which, as you know, turns us all into crazy people.  You guys take 6 tests a week to see if you're ready for the battery of standardized tests coming up, while I have to "drill and kill" you as administrators breathe down my neck, because their bosses are breathing down their necks, because the state is breathing down the districts' necks, and so on.  (There is a lot of neck-breathing going on.) …”

Yes, sometimes being a teacher is hard—but you love it. Sometimes being able to focus on what you love about being a teacher is hard, too. At Prestwick House, we don’t always get to see the moments like “Love Teach” had when her students blew her away with a poetry recitation, but we love being part of the educational process and helping make your life a bit easier.

There is so much preparation to do before teaching a book, and we know that prep work isn't why you got into being a teacher. That's why every Prestwick House resource is designed to be ready to use. We share your passion for teaching and have created comprehensive and academically sound Teaching Units that do the prep work for you, so you can get to what you love about teaching.

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