25 Things You Should Know About Becoming a Teacher

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This is a video I made for my cohort. Feel free to use it with new teacher inductions, teacher graduations, or any other thing that honors teacehrs.

25 Things to Know About Teaching

Congratulations. You are about to enter one of the most noble professions in the world. Here are 25 things you should know about ahead of time:
That’s right. Twenty-five.

1. During the first week of school, your feet are going to hurt.
2. You will rediscover the joy of simple things, like smelly markers.
3. You will have teacher nightmares the month before you start teaching. It’s totally normal. We all get them.
4. But some of those nightmares will become a reality. Because you’re going to fail. Hard. But each mistake is another iteration closer to success. So, keep experimenting.
5. You will learn to hold your bladder for hours on end. If this were an Olympic sport, teachers would be gold medalists.
6. You will cry in your car. Or at your desk. Or maybe even both.
7. You’re going to put on weight. It’s like the freshman fifteen, except it might be 20 or 25.
8. You will yell at your class. You will apologize. And your students will amaze you when they forgive you on the spot.
9. But here’s the thing. You’re going to have amazing lessons and you’ll shock yourself with how awesome you are when you bring your A game.
10. You will leave your lunch at home and eat it from the vending machine. You’ll convince yourself that Cheez-Its and Cheetohs are a full portion of dairy.
11. You’re going to start carrying around hand sanitizer everywhere. Or, as the kids call it, “Hanitizer”
12. From this year forward, you are going to be stuck watching the same Bloodborne Pathogen video year after year after year. Welcome to the club.
13. You’re going to fall asleep at 5:00 in the evening with a half-empty carton of Ben and Jerry’s and a massive pile of papers.
14. You’re going to try to do too much and try too hard and that’s okay. Just give yourself permission to rest. Watch a movie. Read a book. Go out into nature. Take care of your health.
15. Your students are going to amaze you with their work and their ideas and their growth
16. You’ll feel like the luckiest person alive. And you are. But here’s the thing. So are your students.
17. You will worry about your students. You will have a student whose story breaks your heart and you will think about that child every day when you go home.
18. Then you will go back and you will listen to that child and affirm that child and teach that child and love that child even when they are difficult. Because you are a teacher and that’s what we do.
19. Someday the kids in your class will come back and invite you to their college graduation and hand you a thank you note and you’ll cry in your car just like you did in the first year of teaching.
20. Even on your worst days, you are going to think critically and promote justice and transform the teaching practice.
21. You will inspire students to be better people and
22. empower them to be deeper thinkers.
23. They will feel safe and loved and challenged.
24. They will be the makers who build a better future.
25. And the world will be better place. Because of you.

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Yshy
Yshy
13 September 2019

Ohmaaay-this is perfect for our Musical Play. Can I use this as a guide in making our script? It's actually for Our performance on Teachers' Day and we just want them to feel great and appriciated.

Elijah Grimes-simmonds
Elijah Grimes-simmonds
31 August 2019

I might become a teacher now

Armann Brar
Armann Brar
26 August 2019

Does any one else want to become a history teacher or it’s just me

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Teresa Bond
17 August 2019

I've been teaching for 18 years and this video made me cry. Thank you for making it! I'm using it in my new job as an instructor for preservice teachers.

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Excali BirB
07 August 2019

Fuck. All of you aspiring teachers. This world would become a better place without scumbags like you. It's people like you who make lives miserable.

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Jetdog
Jetdog
28 July 2019

I really really want to be a secondary school drama teacher because of how amazing my drama teacher is and how much she has inspired me but my parents would never agree with my job because it doesn't live up to their expectations as they want me to be like a doctor or something but I just wanna make kids inspired enough to be doctors themselves

Princess Sarah
Princess Sarah
25 July 2019

This video empowered me.💖💖💖 I can't wait to be a teacher. Even though I haven't go to university yet but I will later. Ahh~!!! I just can't wait!!!😭😭😭💖💖💖

Frances de Sales
Frances de Sales
25 July 2019

Nothing is so strong as gentleness. Nothing is so gentle as real strength.

Farhana AHMED
Farhana AHMED
23 July 2019

My dream job is to become an English teacher in a Highschool

SLEEPING GIANT
SLEEPING GIANT
20 July 2019

I was just hired as a provisional co teacher 7th grade language arts

Jason Vorhees
Jason Vorhees
20 July 2019

I really want to be a teacher. I want to be that teacher who saves a student, who helps a student and who encourages a student. Like my teachers did to me. I want to be _that_ teacher

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
23 September 2019

Can Chuck Norris make a rock heavy enough that he can't lift it? Of course he can....he's Chuck Norris.

king shaman
King shaman
10 July 2019

In my best Jigsaw voice: "There will be tears"

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Twenty-Five or 25 may refer to: 25 (number), the natural number following 24 and preceding 26 one of the years 25 BC, AD 25, 1925, 2025 . Teaching, Learning, New Teachers, Teacher Graduation,

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