Deciding to become a teacher is a momentous undertaking. When someone becomes a teacher, they take on the task to inspire and change lives forever. The academic year will begin in a few short weeks and there is still uncertainty amid Covid-19. Therefore, new teachers need some inspiration as they face the road ahead.
The truth about teaching
So, you’ve applied to your local school board, nervously did your interview, and finally got offered the job of your dreams. Congratulations! You are off to the races.
But wait! There is something you need to know. My intention here is not to be a Debbie Downer, but newbie teachers should not delude themselves that teaching is a glorious cushy job. Teachers put in many hours besides their regular time, deal with irate parents, manage a classroom full of unique personalities (some with behavioral issues), and still have to somehow deliver a curriculum. If you are not prepared for this, you will not make it.
Teaching is a vocation
Teaching is a vocation meaning that it naturally draws you to it and you will dedicate yourself to it for the next umpteen years. I have been an educator for over 30 years and I consider the profession my calling. You will encounter situations that challenge you, but do not give up. Always try to remember why you started.
Inspiration especially for brand new teachers
With newbie teachers in mind, here are nine authentic quotes that will inspire you as you begin your teaching journey.
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.”―MALALA YOUSAFZAI
A teacher’s influence is so great that it only takes one to make a difference. Malaya Yousafzai, the young Pakistani activist, understands the importance of education and the power a teacher has to change the world. You can be that catalyst.
“Strength lies in differences, not similarities.” Stephen R Covey
When teachers enter a classroom, the children sitting before them are of diverse cultural, economical and social backgrounds. Some may have physical or learning disabilities; all of which can make teaching challenging. When you enter your classroom for the first time, do not see these differences as weaknesses, but rather, a mosaic of beauty and strength.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” John Quincy Adams
In the classroom, it requires you to take the lead and motivate your students to work towards attaining their highest potential. They will look to you for guidance; be their guide.
“Ability is what you are capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” Lou Holtz
As a new teacher, you will possess verve and enthusiasm which can dwindle over time if you become demotivated. Maintain a positive attitude and you will experience growth in the profession.
“By doing what you love, you inspire and awaken the hearts of others.” Satsuki Shibuya.
Teaching is a work of heart. Doing what you love lights a spark in you that inspires those around you.
“Choose to respect knowledge and never stop learning…to challenge your limits…and never stop growing.” Paula Finn
Effective teachers are constantly learning. Teachers should never settle and think they know it all, they never will. Read, research, upgrade your skills, find alternative methods that will help your children learn. Be a lifelong learner, always in quest of new knowledge.
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson
Focus on the care you put into planting the seeds of knowledge. Nourish each mind now and the harvesting will be clear in the long-term positive benefits.
“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” Bill Gates.
“I wasn’t just born to teach. I was born to inspire others, to change people, and to never give up even when faced with challenges that seem impossible.” Unknown
To summarize, as you enter this new phase of your life, you are positioning yourself as a beacon of light for your students. Be a lifelong learner; do not take it for granted that you know it all because you never will. Take each day as it comes, knowing that there are challenges you will face. Be the teacher you set out to be… go out there and INSPIRE MINDS.