I absolutely love being a teacher. There are very few other jobs I would rather do than be a teacher…and most of them include possessing skills or powers that are not natural. Being able to share ideas, passion, enthusiasm, and laughs with students is amazing. However, it is incredibly stressful. There are so many different things that happen each day, and so many of them you cannot control. And you are much more than a teacher: you are a counselor, a jailor, a mentor, and entertainer, and a manager.
Also, on a sad note, I have been told twice now that I am undate-able because I spend too much time working. And that has hurt a lot. I sometimes feel torn between the two. But I realize that I just need a man that is mature and understanding enough that I can have two loves in my life: him and my job. Until then, I guess I gotta keep my head up.
When taking quizzes in Social Studies, I allow my students to use a textbook. It is not to find the answers, but to back up their answers with evidence (a direct quote). This is a new concept to a lot of my students and they are still struggling.
One particular student made up his own quote for the definition of a nomad:
“I am not trying to be rude to them, but they have no money.”