eachers are among society's most unsung heroes. It takes years of work to earn a teaching degree, and even when you get there, the pay is often less than stellar. But most teachers do what they do because they love working with young people, which ultimately helps shape the future.
Even if that means bypassing a few roadblocks on the way.
One teacher recently showed that his sense of humor was fully intact even when he had a big point to make about his students' abysmal test scores. He could've ranted and raved about their disappointing academic performance, but instead, he decided to show how he felt through an over-the-top visual gag.
Teachers are special people.
It takes a brave an committed soul to actively spend years getting certified in a field that’s often thankless. But teachers are the kind of people who not only accept long hours and small paychecks, but also absolutely love what they do. It’s a pretty selfless job.
Which is a good thing, because all of us need that guiding light in our lives.
Most people can look back and remember a teacher who inspired them. Whether it was in math, reading, art, or music class, chances are there was a man or woman who made learning fun and encouraged you to follow your dreams and pursue your strengths. If you look back and smile at a memory of a specific teacher, they probably did their job, nudging you toward a positive life path.
Not all that "nudging" looks the same though.
While it’s true that the vast majority of teachers want to see all their students succeed, each teacher has his or her own way of going about that particular mission. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to helping a young minds live up to their potential. Teachers have to develop their own style of encouragement.
Some teachers like to walk on the stricter side.
Years of experience have convinced some teachers that being demanding and holding students to exceptional standards is the way to go. It gets results, and if they can simply impart the lessons of diligence, hard work, and perseverance, they’ve done their job. They’re not necessarily there to be your friend, but, come hell or high water, they’ll make sure you do your best.
Other teachers take the soft-spoken route.
These instructors not only want to mentors, but also friends to their students as well. They want you to learn, but they’re also ready to listen to problems, encourage open discussion, and possibly entertain that long-winded explanation about why you couldn’t finish the final term paper on time. Occasionally, their goodwill gets taken advantage of, but it’s hard not to have a soft spot for these types of teachers.