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11 Struggles Only Teachers Can Relate To

11 Struggles Only Teachers Can Relate To

It is difficult to fathom the struggles of a teacher because being one does come with a lot of commitments. Beyond that they have to deal with constant scrutiny from their friends and families. There is also the societal stigma that is attached to being a teacher. Here are 11 struggles teachers can relate to

1. We have to deal with parents who think they have the perfect kids

Yes we have to be babysitters to kids whose parents think they are wonderful, perfect and can never do any wrong. We have to deal with these kids who are willing to break us down emotionally with their different ploys and tricks.

2. We are always made fun at by the students we teach

We should be in an esteemed position and revered. But well there is always the struggle of being nicknamed or mocked by our own students.

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3. We have to deal with people who think our job is easy

People who are not teachers may feel that our job description may not mean much after all. They feel safe to assume that our job is menial and does not really require much expertise and skills. Sometimes they even go further to telling us how to do our jobs.

4. We are underpaid

It is difficult to be motivated by our paycheck. We could be motivated by passion and desire. But definitely it is hard to contend with the fact that we are not only undervalued we are also underpaid for doing what makes so much difference in our society.

5. We are never done with grading papers

There is always so much work to be done, that we have to take some of it home. Literally there is never an end to grading papers. As a teacher, you should know that there will always be a pile of papers to be graded.

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6. We have to teach different students the same way

Students have different needs and learning styles. One method cannot serve all of them the same way. You cannot expect a doctor to give every patient they encounter the same medicine to fix their problems. Yet we have to deal with the core of our profession – teach different students the exact same way and hope they make something relevant out of it.

7. We have to be methodical in the way we discipline our students

If our job description was only focused on teaching students alone, it would not have been so much work. Still we also have to discipline kids who are not responding to what we teach them or who are just miscreants. It is tough doing this since we have to be methodical in how we discipline these kids.

8. We miss social activities because we are hung up with work

Sometimes we simply have to skip hanging out with our friends and family because we are so tied up with work that is related to teaching.

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9. We are met with exhaustion every now and then

While there may be other jobs that are more tedious than being a teacher, we are faced with the indescribable exhaustion that hits our body, mind and heart every day, every week and every month.

10. We are constantly critiqued for our job

If a child is not doing well in class then it is our fault. If he is not responsible enough with his/her assignments then it is our fault. We take a lot of the blame on not only the academic development of our students, but also their social development also.

11. We have to repeat the same routine over and over again

There is that mental exhaustion of helping students understand what they are being taught by you. You sometimes have to repeat the process over and over again until you are sure that they have understood what you are teaching them.

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Last Updated on December 3, 2019

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

10 Life Lessons You’d Better Learn Early on in Life

There are so many lessons I wish I had learned while I was young enough to appreciate and apply them. The thing with wisdom, and often with life lessons in general, is that they’re learned in retrospect, long after we needed them. The good news is that other people can benefit from our experiences and the lessons we’ve learned.

Here’re 10 important life lessons you should learn early on:

1. Money Will Never Solve Your Real Problems

Money is a tool; a commodity that buys you necessities and some nice “wants,” but it is not the panacea to your problems.

There are a great many people who are living on very little, yet have wonderfully full and happy lives… and there are sadly a great many people are living on quite a lot, yet have terribly miserable lives.

Money can buy a nice home, a great car, fabulous shoes, even a bit of security and some creature comforts, but it cannot fix a broken relationship, or cure loneliness, and the “happiness” it brings is only fleeting and not the kind that really and truly matters. Happiness is not for sale. If you’re expecting the “stuff” you can buy to “make it better,” you will never be happy.

2. Pace Yourself

Often when we’re young, just beginning our adult journey we feel as though we have to do everything at once. We need to decide everything, plan out our lives, experience everything, get to the top, find true love, figure out our life’s purpose, and do it all at the same time.

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Slow down—don’t rush into things. Let your life unfold. Wait a bit to see where it takes you, and take time to weigh your options. Enjoy every bite of food, take time to look around you, let the other person finish their side of the conversation. Allow yourself time to think, to mull a bit.

Taking action is critical. Working towards your goals and making plans for the future is commendable and often very useful, but rushing full-speed ahead towards anything is a one-way ticket to burnout and a good way to miss your life as it passes you by.

3. You Can’t Please Everyone

“I don’t know the secret to success, but the secret to failure is trying to please everyone” – Bill Cosby.

You don’t need everyone to agree with you or even like you. It’s human nature to want to belong, to be liked, respected and valued, but not at the expense of your integrity and happiness. Other people cannot give you the validation you seek. That has to come from inside.

Speak up, stick to your guns, assert yourself when you need to, demand respect, stay true to your values.

4. Your Health Is Your Most Valuable Asset

Health is an invaluable treasure—always appreciate, nurture, and protect it. Good health is often wasted on the young before they have a chance to appreciate it for what it’s worth.

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We tend to take our good health for granted, because it’s just there. We don’t have to worry about it, so we don’t really pay attention to it… until we have to.

Heart disease, bone density, stroke, many cancers—the list of many largely preventable diseases is long, so take care of your health now, or you’ll regret it later on.

5. You Don’t Always Get What You Want

“Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.” – John Lennon

No matter how carefully you plan and how hard you work, sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to… and that’s okay.

We have all of these expectations; predetermined visions of what our “ideal” life will look like, but all too often, that’s not the reality of the life we end up with. Sometimes our dreams fail and sometimes we just change our minds mid-course. Sometimes we have to flop to find the right course and sometimes we just have to try a few things before we find the right direction.

6. It’s Not All About You

You are not the epicenter of the universe. It’s very difficult to view the world from a perspective outside of your own, since we are always so focused on what’s happening in our own lives. What do I have to do today? What will this mean for me, for my career, for my life? What do I want?

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It’s normal to be intensely aware of everything that’s going on in your own life, but you need to pay as much attention to what’s happening around you, and how things affect other people in the world as you do to your own life. It helps to keep things in perspective.

7. There’s No Shame in Not Knowing

No one has it all figured out. Nobody has all the answers. There’s no shame in saying “I don’t know.” Pretending to be perfect doesn’t make you perfect. It just makes you neurotic to keep up the pretense of manufactured perfection.

We have this idea that there is some kind of stigma or shame in admitting our limitations or uncertainly, but we can’t possibly know everything. We all make mistakes and mess up occasionally. We learn as we go, that’s life.

Besides—nobody likes a know-it-all. A little vulnerability makes you human and oh so much more relatable.

8. Love Is More Than a Feeling; It’s a Choice

That burst of initial exhilaration, pulse quickening love and passion does not last long. But that doesn’t mean long-lasting love is not possible.

Love is not just a feeling; it’s a choice that you make every day. We have to choose to let annoyances pass, to forgive, to be kind, to respect, to support, to be faithful.

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Relationships take work. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s incredibly hard. It is up to us to choose how we want to act, think and speak in a relationship.

9. Perspective Is a Beautiful Thing

Typically, when we’re worried or upset, it’s because we’ve lost perspective. Everything that is happening in our lives seems so big, so important, so do or die, but in the grand picture, this single hiccup often means next to nothing.

The fight we’re having, the job we didn’t get, the real or imagined slight, the unexpected need to shift course, the thing we wanted, but didn’t get. Most of it won’t matter 20, 30, 40 years from now. It’s hard to see long term when all you know is short term, but unless it’s life-threatening, let it go, and move on.

10. Don’t Take Anything for Granted

We often don’t appreciate what we have until it’s gone: that includes your health, your family and friends, your job, the money you have or think you will have tomorrow.

When you’re young, it seems that your parents will always be there, but they won’t. You think you have plenty of time to get back in touch with your old friends or spend time with new ones, but you don’t. You have the money to spend, or you think you’ll have it next month, but you might not.

Nothing in your life is not guaranteed to be there tomorrow, including those you love.

This is a hard life lesson to learn, but it may be the most important of all: Life can change in an instant. Make sure you appreciate what you have, while you still have it.

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