It is hard to pinpoint exactly what it means to be a teacher because the job encompasses a wide range of roles, qualities and expertise. The definition of teacher according to the Cambridge Dictionary is “someone whose job is to teach in a school or college”, but we already know there’s so much more to it than this!
To become a teacher requires a lot of hard work in the first place. We have to work hard at school to be accepted into university or other tertiary training, where we spend years learning about what and how to teach children. Once we’ve completed our degrees and enter the school system, there are even more challenges to overcome. We all know that we don’t just wake up each morning and turn up to school. All of us put in a lot of work behind the scenes to prepare for our lessons and often it goes unnoticed.
Despite all of this, we love our jobs as teachers, and we know there is a lot more to teaching than just hard work. It’s hard to determine exactly what that is but we reckon we have a pretty good idea of what it means to be a teacher.