10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Teacher

Hello PKP fans!

Today I'd like to talk to you about the things I REALLY wish I knew before becoming a teacher. There has been a discussion on social media about the college courses we must take to complete our degrees, and things that are not even mentioned!

Well, I came up with the top 10 things that totally caught me out off-guard!

Number 1: I'd live in the future. Teaching young learners required teacher to be proactive - and I get that, what's hard is to sometimes missing the moment because I'm thinking about what could happen if child A is using a scissor but I know he likes to cut clothing and child B is wearing a beautiful birthday dress grandma made for her - and they are sitting next to each other.

Number 2: I'd ditch the lesson plan. I'm sure this has happened to most of us. We'd spend hours during the weekend planning this awesome activity. Everything is prepped and ready for the morning.....and.....the students are just not interest.

Number 3: I'd make 100 decisions per hour. Yep, 100 decisions per hour on average. I must think about what kind of fidget would work best for him, at the same time it should be distracting for the rest of the class. My seating arrangement. Forecast for the week - to prepare indoor activities for when we can't have recess outside. The phone ringing for the 8th time during my lesson, a parent who has requested a meeting at the last minute, a child who becomes easily distracted, and more and more decisions on what to do.

Number 4: 7am-3pm Ha! I KNEW I'd have to work from home to be able to meet deadlines, have conferences ready on time, prepare lesson plans and its activities, and everything that has been thrown at me....but I wasn't expecting it'd be so much time. On a regular week I'd spend over 15 hours working from home. On a special week like the week before winter break or end-of-school-year that time can easily doubled!

Number 5: I'd have teachers besties! This is the best support a teacher can have. No one would understand your struggle and victories like your teacher bestie! Beside collaboration and exchanging ideas and teaching strategies, my bestie is there to listen to me and to offer her unconditional support! 

Number 6: I'd fall in love with Pinterest. I gotta say, Pinterest is a lifesaver. I see Pinterest as a world-wide platform where teachers from around the world "get together" and share their ideas, knowledge and activities with other teachers, empowering each other to best version our ourselves!

Number 7: School Staff Support. As a teacher sometimes we feel alone in our classrooms - but it doesn't have to be that way. Open your classroom door and get to know your school staff. I'm sure at one point they have felt just like you. Secretaries and custodians are important as well. They will support you in other areas.

Number 8: Teachers spend so much of their own money, is not even funny! I was well aware teachers spend money in things for their classrooms - but I didn't imagine I'd be so much. I can say I easily spent around a quarter of my salary in things for my classroom. Good thing I have an extremely supportive husband who doesn't mind and supports my career!

Number 9: Strong bonding with your students. After just a few weeks a teacher begins to develops relationships and bond with the students. I just didn't know it could be so strong. We see them grow, we see them succeed, we see them in their aha! moments, and we see imagine them as productive society members and the many ways they can make their unique contributions to our society!

Number 10: Plan A, B, and C. When any of these plans don't work....DON'T WORRY, the alphabet has 23 other letters to try out! I have learned to not be discouraged and keep trying. 

Share with us what you'd wish you knew 
before becoming a teacher!

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1 comment

  1. As my friends told me, it’s worth contacting a therapist online, because I feel so guilty all the time, it’s good that there is a blog about the fact that i dont feel guilt, and psychotherapists will help