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Things You Never Learn About the Teaching Profession

Janelle Cox

When you were an elementary school student, you most likely thought of your teachers as superheroes. In your inexperienced mind, you thought that they knew everything, and could do anything. Then, as you got older, you probably thought that those in the teaching profession didn’t have a life outside of school, and everything that they did revolved around you and teaching. It probably wasn’t until you got into college did you finally realize that your teachers were real people, and that they did in fact have a life outside of the classroom, and were just trying to use classroom management to do their job within the teaching profession. Life as a teacher isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. While the teaching profession is a very rewarding career choice, it can also be difficult and time-consuming. A teacher’s role is never that of just a teacher. It is quite a multifaceted profession that uses classroom management, from carrying the role of a surrogate parent to students, to that of a bookkeeper, role model, and class disciplinarian. In short, it requires teachers to wear many classroom management hats throughout their day.  

With so much on their plate, sometimes teachers do things or say things that parents and students have absolutely no idea why. Here are five things teachers will never tell you. Shhh … it’s a secret.

1. Classroom Management: Movie Day is Really for Teachers

Do you remember as a child when your teacher announced that you were going to watch a movie for the rest of the afternoon? Those days were so exciting because they meant no schoolwork! Well, those movie days were more for the teacher than they were for you. Your teacher either had to catch up on paperwork, was feeling under the weather, or was just having a bad day. Teachers are humans too, and sometimes they need a break. While you were bursting with excitement about watching a movie, your teacher was silently cheering too.

2. Educators in the Teaching Profession HATE Standardized Tests as Much as You Do

Teachers have always hated the standardized tests in the past, but now with the Common Core tests, they most likely hate it even more. How many people would find it pleasurable to walk around aimlessly all day long, monitoring their students as they struggle to push their brains to capacity? And now with the Common Core, where teachers must “Teach to the test” to ensure that their students will pass it, they probably hate it even more. It frustrates many educators that a teacher’s worth is dependent upon how well their students perform on essentially one test. Standardized tests cause a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety on not just the students, but the teachers as well. So all of those times you thought the teacher secretly loved giving you tests, you were dead wrong.

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3. Teachers LOVE Snow Days

If you live on the East Coast, then there is a very good chance that you will get a snow day or two. There is even a chance that it will snow so much that you may get let out of school early, or the principal will announce over the loudspeaker that school will be cancelled the following day. Every time the snow is coming down really hard, teachers are secretly waiting to hear from the loudspeaker, “We regret to inform you that school will be cancelled tomorrow due to the unforeseen weather conditions.” As the students jump with excitement, the teachers do too! There is something magical about an unexpected snow day that just excites everyone. So for all of the times you thought the teachers were disappointed because they really wanted to stay in school, always remember that no none enjoys snow days more than teachers.

4. Teachers Do Not Know Everything

Everyone knows that teachers are smart, and some may even think that they know everything about the subject that they are teaching you. However, that is very rarely the case. A lot of the time when teachers are prepping for the lesson, they have to refresh their minds about what they will be teaching the students. For example, if a teacher was doing a lesson on the Civil War, there is a very good chance that they do not remember every minor detail about it. So they look in their teacher’s manual to refresh their minds. This doesn’t mean that they don’t know anything about the subject, it only means that they are not superhuman and do not know everything.

5. You Actually Don’t Need to Know Everything They Teach You

Throughout your years in school, you may have wondered, “When am I ever going to need this is my real life?” Well, you probably aren’t. There are many concepts that you are expected to learn throughout your educational years that you will never use again, but unfortunately it is all part of the curriculum. If you love trivia, then this knowledge will be pertinent, but for the rest of the world, it will probably never be used again.

Teachers would never tell their students that they will most likely never use some of the information that they are learning, because the teacher has no idea what each student will choose for their career path. One student may end up being an electrician and need to know all of that math, while another may be a nurse and never need to use it. The main goal of a teacher is to produce a well-rounded individual, one that is knowledgeable and has life skills.

So there you have it, the top five secrets that teachers do not want you to know. In case you were wondering, there are many more where that came from, so stay tuned to

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Janelle Cox is an education writer who uses her experience and knowledge to provide creative and original writing in the field of education. Janelle holds a Master's of Science in Education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She is also the Elementary Education Expert for, as well as a contributing writer to and TeachHUB Magazine. You can follow her at Twitter @Empoweringk6ed, or on Facebook at Empowering K6 Educators.

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