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25 Things You Should Know About Becoming a Teacher

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.

Prof Damina Chauudhary
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21 Comments

  1. I want to be an airline pilot, and I will try my all to get their. But, I know that it will be very hard to achieve this. In case i do not achieve this, i want to become a maths teacher.

  2. I'm 16 and I want to be a U.S history teacher!

  3. I thought about becoming a teacher as I feel like deep thinking these days does not seem to exist when I look at my nephews classes vs my past classes its really watered down and I want to inspire people to not just google it as it were but read up on a topic, go to a place that the topic is on and inspire young people to stay away from group think. Ideas are wonderful things they can change the world.

  4. Yay I want to be a teacher 👩‍🏫 but a music 🎼👩‍🏫 teacher 🤩

  5. okay, i’m crying.

  6. I want to be a teacher this video inspires me so much thank you!

  7. Now lets talk about the real world.

  8. I am facing and have faced the same joys and tensions. I love myself being a teacher. 💗

  9. If teaching is such a wonderful career, why do so many rookie teachers quit? (I think
    teaching as a career has a drop-out rate of %50 in the first 5 years.)

  10. <3

  11. I love this video! <3 I'm 19 and finally figured out what I want to be.
    My goal is to become a Middle School or High School Health Teacher 🙂

  12. This has been in my "Watch Later" for a few months now and I've been putting off watching this.. I'm not sure why. This was the last thing I expected to see from this video. I think I'm gonna save this one for a long time.

  13. Thank you. As a college sophomore about to be admitted to the school of education, I was looking for a video to affirm that this is really what I want to do with my life. I've heard all of this before, I've had moments when I *knew*, or thought I knew, that I wanted to be a teacher, but recently I've been doubting myself, thinking about what other fields I could pursue. After watching this video, I remembered why I wanted to do this in the first place.

  14. My English teacher has inspired me so much & she helped me through my hard times, she taught me things that without them I would’ve been in a bad place. I wanna be able to do the same.

  15. Thank u very much for this massage ♥️

  16. Thanks for the amazing video. I'll be a teacher soon 😍

  17. I'm a new teacher and I'm teary-eyed watching this vid. It was so inspiring.

  18. Crying

  19. Entering my first year of college for teaching so excited but nervous.

  20. I'm in my Junior Year of high school (11th grade), and I've switched what I've wanted to do with my life countless times. But ever since I was little, I loved to read. I loved to write stories and create whole worlds in my head and try to beautifully put them on paper. I've only just recently realized my love for the subject, and since being solely an author isn't the greatest career path for me personally; I chose English. I can teach english, I can teach how to analyze and critize books and poems and speeches. How to take a single, lifeless sentence and bring into a paragraph of pure imagination and wonder. I love English, and as of now, I plan to teach it. It's the one thing that I've always stuck with, the only career path I've come back to over and over again.

  21. ये वीडियो काफी ज्ञानवधृक है।मैंने बी ए तथा एम ए History (hons.) के साथ किया हैं। अब मै b.ed कर रहा हूॅ।