Sometimes, this job can feel like you’re on the railroad to oblivion, unable to change course. I’ve never been one for negativity, but it’s always important to have a reality check now and again. One of these occurred to me today and I’d like to share it with you.
Part of my role as Professional Tutor is to work with PGCE students. As part of their first couple of weeks at the school, I like to sit them down with our Head for a chat. And a coffee.
What struck me is that it’s easy to clip into the delusion that teaching is a rubbish job that nobody wants to join. And yet, when asked the question ‘why do you want to be a teacher’ I was struck by the diversity of answers. Here are individuals who have chosen to change careers or to buck the trend of their peers for something challenging and life affirming (their words, not mine). It was very spine tingly to listen to and reaffirmed that I love what I do.
Someone also spoke about never being bored. About wishing for time to go slower instead of watching the clock and wanting it to be home time. To never dreading coming in.
Here’s to that.
So, why do you want to be a teacher?