I have the privilege of being in front of thousands of teachers every year. I should tell you, they are my heroes. Most of them are under-paid and over-worked in terms of how they spend themselves emotionally each day in front of kids who often don’t want to be in a classroom.
On the other hand, many of the teachers I meet are…well, how do I say this…they’re in the wrong profession. They are not bad people necessarily, they’re just bad teachers. When I’m with these people, they’re guilty of the very things they punish their students for doing. They text during the session, stand in the back, don’t jump into the discussion, talk during sessions and are sometimes just rude.
Then I find out later—this is the norm. These teachers commit the crimes they punish. Hmmm. Sounds like hypocrisy to me. How about you?
I recently read an article about how teacher’s job satisfaction is plummeting. In a Met Life Survey, faculty satisfaction has dropped 23% since 2008. Half of teachers in the U.S. are dissatisfied on the job. That number is the lowest in twenty-five years. In some states, only 19% of teachers even like their job.
Don’t you think students can see this?
I do. In fact, I know they do. I talk to students who respectfully complain about how they can tell their teacher doesn’t even want to be there in class. One student said his teacher “simply loves to hear himself talk.” It has nothing to do with actually helping students learn.
This is like going into a restaurant or retail store and meeting a waiter or sales person who acts like you’re in the way. They couldn’t care less about you. It sort of makes you want to fill out a comment card, doesn’t it?
Is this how your students feel?
If you are a teacher—congratulations. You signed up for one of the most important roles in the world. But if you’ve forgotten why you got into this “gig” or you just lost your passion, because you’re worn out on the job…I suggest you do something to get that passion back. Your students would beg you to do this, if they could. Their parents would love for you to do this. Our world needs you to do this.
If you can’t, you owe it to those students to find a new job. They deserve a teacher who wants to be there and is passionate about equipping them for life.
I’m just sayin’…