There’s a lot more to teaching than just entertaining kids and coasting through the curriculum.
Just ask Dennis Hong, (a high school Biology teacher) who wrote a provocative piece (in defence of teachers) back in 2010 (still relevant for today’s global educator).
Dennis lists 8 compelling reasons that define what teaching really is and how the best teachers are masters of human psychology.
At its core, teaching is about inspiring kids, says Dennis…
You can’t measure inspiration by a child’s test scores. You can’t measure inspiration by a child’s grades. You measure inspiration 25 years later when that hot-shot doctor, or lawyer, or entrepreneur thanks her fourth-grade teacher for having faith in her and encouraging her to pursue her dreams.
The points Dennis brings up certainly apply to teachers everywhere, but as ESL teachers overseas, we do face a totally unique set of obstacles…
Toss in cultural differences and language barriers and it’s easy to see why the average lifespan of a teacher overseas isn’t more than a couple of years.
Teaching isn’t easy. It never was. It never will be.
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