|Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.5 No.5||May 2008|
|Cover Story by Todd R. Nelson|
|Only a School. Only a Teacher.|
|School is still, at its heart, a dance of men and women of character. A school is its teachers.|
|Harry & Rosemary Wong|
|An Amazing Kindergarten Teacher|
|I use modified modeling to teach my students the correct procedures. Instead of just telling, I act out the wrong way first....|
|»||Promoting Responsibility - Or How Not ToMarvin Marshall|
|»||Differentiated Instruction & Ability GroupingCheryl Sigmon|
|»||The Busy Educator's Monthly FiveMarjan Glavac|
|»||Counting the days yet?Barbara & Sue Gruber|
|»||Problem-Based Learning, Part 3Hal Portner|
|»||Successful TeachersLeah Davies|
|»||'Subprime' Is Voted "Word Of The Year" For 2007|
|»||May 2008 Writing Prompts|
|»||Use Math's Magic to Intrigue Students Solving Linear Equations|
|»||I Choose Teaching - A Meaningful Career|
|»||Teacher Appreciation Day: Not Nearly Enough|
|»||Treating All Students With Dignity|
|»||Two Teachers, Two Philosophies, One Result|
|»||Favorite Teacher Appreciation Activities|
|»||Academic Writing Guidelines|
|»||What is an Effective Teacher?|
|»||Drexel Online Education Program|
|»||Candles of Inspiration: May 2008|
|»||Featured Lessons: May 2008|
|»||Video Bytes: A Hidden Lesson, Baptism By Fire, Mom and more...|
|»||Today Is... Daily Commemoration for May 2008|
|»||Live on Teachers.Net: May 2008|
|»||The Lighter Side of Teaching|
|»||Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes for Teachers|
|»||Is a school only as good as the teachers in it?|
|»||Teachers' Best Teachers|
|»||What Is It About Teaching That Keeps You Going?|
|»||Newsdesk: Events & Opportunities for Teachers|
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What Is It About Teaching That Keeps You Going?
Teachers bare their souls to explain what keeps them going in spite of all the challenges they face on the job
Regular Feature in the Gazette
May 1, 2008
What keeps you going in spite of all the challenges teachers face? What is it about teaching??
Teachers face so many challenges and difficulties every day. What encourages and inspires you to keep on keeping on?
The responses provide encouragement, but are also a glimpse into the heart and soul of Teachers.
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And - I need to make a living. I find lots of teachers talk a good game about getting out but very, very few do - why is that? Teaching is a 9 months of the year job with two nice breaks at the holidays. I usually don't leave until 5 but if I have to I can leave shortly after 3 and my husband doesn't leave his work until 7. It does have its perks - let's be honest. And if you trained to be a teacher and around here we start now at $45,000 a year - where else do you start at that with a four year BA in history??
Also, I like history. When you ask, "What is it about teaching?" some of it is that many teachers have only been teachers - they've never worked outside of a school and as a consequence they have little perspective. There are other hard jobs out there. I find kids to be fun - I like their energy and even their hi-jinks so long as they're good-spirited, and when they're not, I find there's a reason for it.
I do think it's hard to be on your feet all day - what inspires me to keep doing that? 'Cause the second I sit down, chaos ensues. Classroom management is done best on my feet.
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