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Teaching: Exercise in Frustration or Touching the Future?

You may not know this about me, but I actually have a college degree in Elementary Education. Why am I telling you this? Because you may be wondering why, if I have an education degree, am I writing articles on a college website?

The answer is simple. I didn't have the chutzpa, the maturity or the patience at the time to be a teacher. While I know a lot of folks with education degrees who went on to work in other fields, the people I know who stuck in education absolutely love it. This is why I think education is a much more difficult field than people realize, and those who can actually succeed in education deserve more credit than we give them.

When I decided to become a teacher, I did so because I had several teachers in my scholastic career that inspired me to be better as a student and as an individual. I thought to myself, "I wanna do that for others," and so into the educational field I dove, naive of how difficult the field actually is.

You see, when you see teachers in action, you're only seeing maybe 33% of the actual work involved in teaching. Much of the work is behind the scenes, such as attending meetings, grading papers, creating lesson plans, dealing with budgetary constraints, and so on. Besides this, the other bulk of the teaching experience is classroom management, something that my university was sorely lacking in its curriculum.

From what I've seen and experienced, teaching is a juggling act of making parents happy, making the school boards happy, having the grades in your class up to certain standards and, finally, teaching the kids. It's a very tough job, and like I said, not everyone is cut out for it.

This is why I have a lot of respect for those who ARE cut out for teaching, and go into those classrooms every day never fully knowing what to expect day in and day out. If you feel you're one of these hearty individuals that has the right stuff to go into the educational field, then by all means I wish you the highest levels of success. If you have any doubts, however, or second thoughts, be wary because teaching takes up your entire being, from physical to mental to emotional factors. Whatever field or major you decide to take, I hope it's the best one for you.

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