As term ends on another academic year, it is inevitable that the first weeks of the holiday, the time to decompress, will bring some reflection on the events, the ups and downs of being a teacher.
The difference between a job and a vocation can often be expressed in the emotional investment you have in the profession and in the futures of the young people who come in front of you.
This story from Edutopia of a US-based teacher will ring true for many who teach in the UK. It explains why the role of the teacher can be the most wonderful, but most emotionally draining experience. It is all the more salutary when you recognise that this teacher has been lost to the profession, as have many in the UK, because the demands have become too high, and the support so poor, to help them succeed in supporting young people as effective learners.
Love for their students is what drives many teachers—but it’s also what makes the profession really, really hard: