Pulsefeedz has received an anonymous response to another anonymous response which is catching fire across the interwebs. Valerie Strauss, a writer for the Washington Post, recently wrote an article full of responses from teachers to a simple but complex question: “How hard is teaching?”
A former 7th grade teacher in Frederick, Maryland responded to the question and her response is going viral for it’s candidness. Strauss described the response saying:
“…she describes students who don’t want to work, parents who want their children to have high grades no matter what, mindless curriculum and school reformers who insist on trying to quantify things that can’t be measured.”
Read the 7th grade teacher’s response by clicking HERE.
Now, here is a response to her response from a student teacher who happens to reside in the same area:
I personally think it varies from teacher to teacher. Teaching is not easy, and I realized that back in high school when I was mentored by a teacher there. Some go into teaching because they firmly believe all they will do is teach. It’s not true.
Teachers do everything mentioned in the article, and more. The thing I took from the article about the teacher leaving is that she got into teaching for all the wrong reasons. She was one of those that thought it was all about teaching the subject and leaving. When, in reality, teaching isn’t completed until an individual truly understands something, so that may mean giving an alternative assignment to them because they failed the first one, or it may mean working with the student or the parents to see if a possible extension would help out.
I firmly believe that the ones that leave teaching after the first few years are the ones that failed to realize that teaching is a lot more than just delivering subject matter. It involves making students understand the subject. Now, do I think we should be having kids playing dumb activities to learn material all the time, as the teacher states? No, but I also think she sounds more like someone who should give the high school classroom a chance.
Middle school kids cannot sit still in a classroom and just listen to lecture as it sounds like she was doing. They do require a little more movement and the participation in fun activities to learn. The HS classroom may be better for her.
She mentions preparing kids for testing. My thing I’ve learned from my mentor these past few years is to infuse in within the curriculum. If you’re giving an exam on a book, have a PARCC setup to the test. It’s easier that way, and it sounds like she was trying to go out of her way to teach those materials. I’m not going to say she’s lazy, but it sounds like she needs to be at the HS level, and it also sounds like she got the wrong impression when she chose teaching.
Teaching is not about simply delivering material, but it’s about making sure students grasp it. It means staying up all night grading so that kids get immediate feedback. It means giving alternative assignments when kids don’t grasp it. And, there’s a difference in middle and high. Middle is kinda like an extension to elementary, so those kids will require a little more time, and parents will be more prominent. High school is a lot more delivering information, but the same theory applied to assignments with giving alternative ones, etc.
Moral of the story: don’t get into teaching if you think all you will ever do is deliver information. Sadly, no one realizes that, which is why so many teachers quit the first 5 years, and it’s why the public thinks teachers are lazy. And, the teachers that enjoy their jobs and grasp the concept of teaching are the ones we never hear from. It’s always the ones that failed those concepts I went over above.