Teachers have long been targeted for common misconceptions about their profession. While teachers know the truth, it seems that the government turns a blind eye to the amount of work, continuing education, and paperwork that teachers are expected to do.
Teaching is no longer just about lessons and activities, it has changed into a profession with unrealistic accountability and work standards; it is nowhere near to what it once was.
In fact, whoever said that teaching is easy has never taught. Read on for the top 5 myths about teachers and the teaching profession.
Myth 1: Teachers get three months off every summer.
Fact: They do not get three months. Teachers plan and work during their summer even though they really shouldn’t. Once school starts there is little time to get organised so the summer holiday is often a time when many things can be done.
Myth 2: Teachers work from 8am to 3pm and never work weekends.
Fact: Teachers more often than not work long into the night and dedicate at least one weekend day, if not both, to planning, grading, and preparation.
Myth 3: Teaching is easy.
Fact: Teaching is one of the most challenging professions around. It requires constant professional development, adaptation, and learning.
Myth 4: Teachers do nothing except play with the pupils all day.
Fact: If teaching, creating, guiding, planning, grading, assessing, adjusting, managing, and evaluating are your idea of play, then yes, teachers play all day long!
Myth 5: Anyone can be a teacher.
Fact: Not everyone has the patience, creativity, dedication, and love for teaching and children that teachers have. Anyone can spew out facts, but few can be called a teacher. It is certainly one of those job that cannot be maintained if you do not love children.
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