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[Weekly Inspiration] 25 Things You Should Know About Becoming a Teacher

[Weekly Inspiration] 25 Things You Should Know About Becoming a Teacher

For final-semester education college students, the end of the year is met with lots of excitement and anxiety. You’re excited to finally graduate and get your own classroom, but also terrified. What other job expects you to oversee a class full of kids on day one? There’s no easing into teaching, like it or not, you have the same expectations as any other educator from the very beginning.

The first year of teaching is by far the most difficult – but also a major learning experience in your professional career. Fear not, all teachers were once in your shoes, feeling the same feelings you are. Here’s a list of 25 things you should know about becoming a teacher, by John Spencer:

In the video, John brings up some of the biggest issues a first-year teacher will face – including crying in your car or desk (or both), feet that hurt from standing all day, and worrying about that student with the difficult life situation. But, you’ll also experience many triumphs in your first year such as giving amazing lessons that resonate with students, promoting justice every day, inspiring students to become better people, and empowering them to be deeper thinkers.

Whether you’re at the onset of year one or rounding out year 20 in the classroom, it is important to remember why you started teaching in the first place. Each year is full of many challenges but also many triumphs. Remember, you have one of the most important jobs in the world: educating future generations!