I love math and I love kids yes that part is true. But after teaching for eleven years… I thought it would get easier. Let me assure you it is not. This girl works hard for her money!
The paradigm shifts so frequently in education, especially math. I feel like I’m constantly learning something new and constantly tweaking what I’m teaching. Now this is not a bad thing. Just seriously not what 10 years ago me expected. I started teaching in a school that was using the Core Plus curriculum (albeit not always in the appropriate manner). Then taught 5-12 math with a very different curriculum (Saxon). And now in my current position we’re kind of in limbo pushing for problem solving and STEM.
Anyhow, the point of this post is that I thought it would get easier. Don’t get me wrong, I’m very happy with my job. But the 10 years ago me needs to know that a teacher’s workload will never decrease, whereas time put in seems to ALWAYS increase. I feel like I’m always trying to make things better. No matter how many years I’ve taught the same class, I never teach it the same way.
But let’s be honest here, I seriously thought I would be able to simply put in 40 hours each week with my summers off. Somebody needs to tell the 10 years ago me how naive she is.