Pros: 3 month vacation, 40 minute lunch, flexible job structure
As a public school teacher, I typically deal with behavior issue on a regular basis. There is always work to keep me busy, whether I'm grading papers, creating new assignments, analyzing student performance data, creating interventions for student performance data, attending professional developments, etc.; productivity is never an issue. I've leaned that the job of a teacher is often undervalued by those who aren't aware of our duties responsibilities, as we are constantly on an uphill battle as we push towards student success. Of the few obstacle I've faced as a teacher, one that always makes me squeamish is when I have a formal observation. Student behavior is very unpredictable, so a well-planned lesson can go really good or really bad depending on the mood of the students. Some flaws are often overlooked, as some who evaluate show mercy because they comprehend the struggles teachers face. It can be very tough when under that pressure, but that is not the hardest part of my job. In fact, the hardest part of my job, thus far has been dealing with other adults. As I learned in college, being a teacher almost forces you to be innovative on a consistent basis. Many teacher that have been teaching for years are complacent and shy away from trying new things. The hardest part of my job is the unwillingness of teachers to "go there" with me. I feel that some of the ideas I share with my peers do get acknowledged because of other teachers' fear of how well the idea will work and because of their pride in what they already do. On the other hand, I do enjoy using my ideas and other shared ideas to benefit the students who are in my classes. At the end of the school year, after all the grading and other miscellaneous pandimonium is over, I LOVE the 3 month vacation I get over the summer.