Okay. I’m not only traveling and taking the Spanish siesta here and there (I wish I could take naps); I am also learning…a lot. And I just wanted to say that being a teacher is not exactly an “easy” task. You see, I never underestimated the work of a teacher before—some are always better than others. It’s just that now I’m able to see how much effort a teacher (who really cares) can put on her work.
I ’m not even a teacher and I feel the pressure. Alright, I should clarify: I am not under any kind of pressure—I don’t even have to go to any official meetings! But I still have to get prepared for class. Is this a good topic? Will they get bored? Am I doing this right? I’m always wondering. I want to make sure that I am doing the right thing.
The first few days, when I was just getting to know the students, I literally just showed up there, stood in front of the class and said whatever American-related stories popped up in my head. (We also went by the books they were given, of course, and still do.) And that sort of worked, but they’re too young—and restless—and it gets boring and old. Now, I am into it. I am feeling it. Now, I know the students (who learns faster, who’s slower, who’s creative, who’s trouble, and all those sort of things). Now, we are having fun. Sadly, still no sign of me wanting to become a teacher, but I like it—if that makes any sense.
For the time being, I want these kids to learn whatever it is that I’m teaching; even if they’re learning things with an accent…I don’t care, as long as they’re learning.
Learning about other cultures opens another door for you. You’re one step ahead of the others and, in the end, the most important thing is communication.
My point is simple: good teachers should be rewarded and appreciated a bit more for their efforts. And I don’t just mean monetarily (though that’s never a bad idea, especially when so many of them around the world are ridiculously underpaid).
Before I even attempted to teach, I knew it was not the easiest job; not because of the job itself, but because you’re putting words into someone’s head. You may cause an impact in somebody’s life (and I can speak for experience). It is a powerful responsibility that some teachers have. I have never forgotten the wonderful teachers that I’ve had and I am able to appreciate them even more now that I am in their shoes. I just hope that parents and students, as well as the government of every country, realize the true worth of a teacher.
If you’re familiar with Jersey Shore, one of their cast members got paid in an hour what a part-time teacher would get paid in a year, all just to basically make an appearance at Rutgers University in New Jersey and tell the students to get in trouble and get wasted, like they do on their show. Now, that’s a disgrace.