#30 Teachers Don’t Leave Careers, they leave on Principle

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#30 Teachers Don't Leave Careers, They Leave on Principle

There can be a perception that teachers are overworked.  Add to that contributions that don't seem to be acknowledged or rewarded. Creativity is not always engaged. Teacher's spend a great deal of time outside of school doing school work. I once heard a coworker say he had spent six hours correcting papers, three hours developing lesson plans and two hours making samples, and this was on a weekend.

There was a time when creativity was rewarded, and lessons that further developed curriculum was acknowledged and encouraged. Teachers had the ability to prepare lessons that further developed the curriculum. Now teachers are told what time to teach each subject, and the exact subject to be taught on a given day. I don't think this is true of all school systems. There are systems where students are taught the curriculum creatively.  Consider yourself lucky if you work for such a system.

As an undergraduate, I was taught several different ways to approach each subject. We used a particular plan and demonstrated unique ways to produce lessons given unique students that were in the class. Because we worked together, we were able to plan lessons that worked, and creativity was rewarded. Graduate courses in Educational Leadership were extremely helpful in using creativity to achieve a common goal. The syllabus was completely clear, and students worked together well in groups. Usually the Professors would present a lesson and then, given the outcome, students worked individuality or in groups to apply the lesson.

I always liked school; trying my best to do well. My students tended to do well because their work was ackenowledgedged. Students need a goal to pursue in order to meet their objective. Most of all, students need to know they are appreciated!