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What do you like least about teaching?

You probably have a lot of questions about what it means to be a teacher. You may be wondering if it’s a right fit for you. Is teaching challenging? The answer is yes.

If you were to ask me today, after 3 years of teaching, What do you like least about teaching?, I’d say teaching is time-consuming. There’s a solution to this. I just haven’t mastered it yet. 

I’ve struggled with teaching because I haven’t been in the same school or same grade level every year. Causing me to change curriculums and texts every time since each school and grade level requires something different. 

The first couple of years of teaching, I struggled with classroom management—making sure everyone was in their seat, paying attention, and being respectful while I taught a lesson.

Just when I thought I had teaching under control, I realized that lesson planning continued to be a struggle. I never seemed to have the lessons plans prepared weeks in advance. I always had them ready just on time. 

Not to mention that teaching during a pandemic has added more challenges because it required me to use different formats of learning and adjust to new guidelines such as for attendance and grading.

I wonder if after I accumulate enough lesson plans for different grade levels and stick with my current school, will the time-consuming aspect of teaching no longer be a problem since I’ll be better prepared? Only time will tell. 

What I want to leave you with is this, I think that my least favorite parts of teaching have always been the things that I haven’t mastered yet. And the solution for that is experience.  As the years go by, we have to opportunity to grow. If every year you work on improving a specific area in your teaching, the next year you can focus on something else. 

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  1. Thank you for reading the article! And thank you for sharing your experiences in education. I think it’s wonderful that you and your mom have a school that you’ve been taken care of. I hope the anxious period passes soon. It’s an honor and beautiful to see teachers grow. I’m currently working with a teacher who is on her first year of teaching, and it’s true that teaching grows the teacher over time. Brings me back memories of my first year of teaching. I so agree with you–teaching is powerful and mends. You father sounds like an exceptional teacher. Wishing you the best in your travels. And may you continue to collect meaningful stories.🕊️

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  2. I was very interested in reading this article as it is where my genes have helped me towards, in exploring. I have a school which mother and I have been taking care of, for over a decade; even though last one and a half years are as lowly as they came out to be as anxious for some period.

    I have seen teachers grow in many dimensions over the years. The ones who were shy and introvert kinds became prayer leaders and amazing speakers, it took time of course and curiosity. Teaching is powerful. A tool which can mend and i have seen my father using it like i have seen very few, even over me. like only a few old Indian saints do.

    My personal experience tells me that it is time consuming to an extent it empties our souls of stories, and it has been this that made me travel to fill it more, or so i imagine as of now.

    Lovely article and thanks for making me write this
    Narayan x

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    • Thank you for reading the article! And thank you for sharing your experiences in education. I think it’s wonderful that you and your mom have a school that you’ve been taken care of. I hope the anxious period passes soon. It’s an honor and beautiful to see teachers grow. I’m currently working with a teacher who is on her first year of teaching, and it’s true that teaching grows the teacher over time. Brings me back memories of my first year of teaching. I so agree with you–teaching is powerful and mends. You father sounds like an exceptional teacher. Wishing you the best in your travels. And may you continue to collect meaningful stories.🕊️

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  3. Thanks for sharing a very important and informative post. As a Charge Nurse, I get to teach and orient new hires and constantly those who work with me regularly. It is nice to share knowledge , skills and wisdom because it makes a big difference in building teamwork and ensuring quality patient care. We also need to make sure the new ones will have the tools they need when old ones retire. What I don’t like about teaching is that it does slow me down when the day is busy and requires quick, safe, multitasking. But overall, it feels good to give back.

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    • Thank you sharing your experiences with teaching! I can totally see how sharing knowledge, skills, and wisdom helps build teamwork and ensure quality patient care. I think you bring up a good point about giving back. It makes me think of how blessed one is for having that accumulation of knowledge, skills, and wisdom. Of not taking them for granted and passing them on to other people.

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  4. I’ve been told that the “time-consuming” aspect never goes away. I don’t mean to discourage you, simply prepare you for the possibility that it might be a continuous struggle. I’m sure you’ll do fine with it, though.

    Good to see you. Stay golden.

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  5. When it comes to teaching in schools, what I don’t like is how it can be easy to fall into the trap of prioritising their grades so much that we—as in us too—can lose the passion to learn. It’s easy to forget how much amazing an experience it can be to learn. At least for me, it can bring me a sense of wow that makes me feel humbled. If I were a teacher, I’d have hoped that I could keep retain that feeling whilst making sure the students were given a good environment to do their best in their studies.

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    • Your thoughts on losing the passion to learn reminded me of some of the topics I’ve been dealing with lately like being required to prepare students for tests like the SAT. I ask myself how can I meet that requirement while keeping students excited to learn. I hear you. Learning brings humbling and interesting experiences. What makes you feel passionate about learning? What’s an experience you’ve had in which you felt humbled about learning? I appreciate you for taking the time to comment!

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      • I get the feeling that for me, I have a passion to learn when I’m able to recognise that there’s more to life than what’s in front of me, with some mystery that I can explore. Like you know when you see something beautiful like the mountains? Something in me wants to experience it for myself, to be able to feel it rather than observe from a distance.

        As for an experience that humbled me, it was when I can catch glimpses of the vastness of everything around me, as well as through the books I’ve read. Like having hiked a mountain and seen how far the Earth stretches, realising that it stretches far past what I can see even then.

        I guess you could say that they come from a reflection and mystery.

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      • I see what you mean. There are layers of meaning, the process of reflecting, and mystery to the things in front of one. And like you mention in another comment, being able to look deeper into something. I can see how experience makes learning meaningful versus only observing. Like being able to see farther than you could have because you hiked the mountain or adding to your perspective and knowledge through reading books.

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