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A Day in the Life of a Teacher

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Bambe is a licensed science teacher. She taught many subjects to highschools such as Science, Philosophy, Computer, and Physical Education.

‘I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.’

— Socrates

My students back in 2016.

My students back in 2016.

It is known that teachers mold minds and create future professionals. Without them, no one will guide young minds towards their destined path. They play the biggest role in human growth physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally.

Anyone can be a teacher. In order to be a professional, however, one should undergo standards and steps to attain a license. With that, they can work in public schools run by the government.

In the eyes of society, teachers are given special awe. They are respected not because they look cool in uniform, but how tough and critical their job can be for a day.

Now, let's take a closer look at what a day for a teacher is like.

Teacher's Materials

Teacher's Materials

Preparing for the Day

Even before the sun rises, teachers get ready all the materials needed for the class they prepared last night that made them have less sleep. Yes, you are right. Teachers' jobs don't stop in school. As they reach home, works continue for their learners' development. They plan everything for tomorrow's class. Some of them barely sleep at all.

What does a teacher prepare before going to school?

The Preparation Work of a Teacher

Here is a list of general things a teacher prepares.

Lesson Plan

This is a collection of day-to-day plans and goals of a teacher. What the teacher wants to achieve for the day in the classroom will be printed down here.

Instructional Materials

Simply the things needed for the teacher to deliver the lesson for that day. It can be hard or soft copy materials.

Activities Sheets/Module

This is used to test and check the learning of a student. It can help discover or enhance the potentials of the student.

Paper-Pen Test

This is to check the basic understanding of a student for today’s topic.

Teaching Strategy

The success of a teacher depends on how he or she manages the lesson to the student—that it may be fully absorbed in a meaningful way.

Equipped Knowledge

Teachers need to be armed with the scope of the topics first. As teachers are the living book for the students, textbooks can be sometimes too old school. Students yearn to learn live in real time.

Chinese Learners

Chinese Learners

In the Classroom

Now, as the teacher enters the room, this is her time to put into action all the preparations and dedications saved.

As there are different types of students, teachers are expected to unite these diversities. So, we can imagine how wide the obligations and role of the teacher are. From all planning and physical preparations, she should also become the second parent inside the four corners of the classroom.

There are some students who are hard to handle, of course. Teachers find ways to tame them (though not literally like taming a lion). Passionate and dedicated teachers make all things inside the room as interesting as possible, for this is one of the ways to catch the learner’s interest and suppress rebellious character.

Types of Learners

Participative

One who is active and enthusiastic in learning.

Star

Learners who like to get attention often are too active and famous.

Nerd

Learners who base their life on the textbook physically and socially.

Outside Smart

They often show no interest, but perform highly if they do.

Nowhere

They are learners who are quite slow and clueless. However, they are earnest when they catch the gist.

Ghost

They are the students who are physically present but mentally absent.

Though these can be some of the toughest times for a teacher, they can also be the most fun-filled moments, with a teacher and students creating while learning meaningfully. If there is a change of mindset of a learner and a positive outcome, this is a fulfilling moment for a teacher after all the hard times. Just like how a woman gives birth, all pains and aches of teachers paved the way as they see their students improve and enjoy while learning.

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Discussion and Activity Time

This is the critical time for teachers to unleash the potentials and talents of the learners to the topic. Teachers input activities to the students according to the general learners' level. Activities vary according to each learner. Teachers aim to spark the learners' creativity, ignited by the type of activity given by them.

In other words, teachers don't just teach but awaken the interests and hidden talents of learners. Some teachers impose engaging activities that involves everyone's cooperation. Sometimes, learners are tasked with completing individual work and improving intrapersonal aspects. There are many ways to bring out the best of learners. This is a no-joke job for a teacher. What the teachers bring to the classroom can help improve learners' motivation.

Teaching Strategies

  • Teacher-centered: This refers to the traditional way of teaching. This demands that the students absolutely follow the lead of the teacher.
  • Student-centered: This strategy focuses on the capability of the learner. Instead of spoon-feeding, teachers develop the learner’s curiosity and creativeness. Teachers just facilitate and guide the learner’s path. In other words, it’s the student who’s leading the flow of the class.

Working Overtime

After classes, teachers usually gather around and discuss learners' growth. Even after class hours, they still evaluate the best methods to incorporate inside the room and discuss how to become a support system for the learners. Usually, there are still paper works and checkings to be done after school hours, like class records and school forms to be submitted to the department.

Even after returning home, work still continues. They prepare new methods again for tomorrow's class.

You see, their time card says they work for eight hours. However, reality says that many spend almost 24 hours perfecting their job. Though it's not the same case for all teachers, as some are particularly exceptional at managing their time and plannings.

A day for a teacher is truly hectic, yet fulfilling duty in the end. To see the learners motivated and enthusiastic to live out their dreams is the greatest reward a teacher can receive.

All salutes to the teachers.

© 2020 Bambe

Comments

Bambe (author) from Philippines on August 25, 2020:

I'm happy to hear your warm comment,Drew. Thank you, I'm glad to see you here.

Drew Agravante from Philippines, Currently in Qatar on August 25, 2020:

Great Content, Bambe. I really appreciate the love being given to the usually underrated teaching profession. Thanks for sharing this lovely piece.

Bambe (author) from Philippines on August 25, 2020:

Thumbs up for that, flourish. Teachers are today's generation superheroes. Thanks for the comment.

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 25, 2020:

The world needs good teachers who are committed to their students and their profession. I was both a participative learner and a nerd.

Bambe (author) from Philippines on July 26, 2020:

Yes, Paul. It's like a pain reliever to teachers seeing students realizing their dreams. Thanks for your warm comments. I'm glad I share the same perceptions with you.

Paul Richard Kuehn from Udorn City, Thailand on July 25, 2020:

Bambe, This is an outstanding article and I can identify with everything in the daily life of a teacher. No, teaching is more than an eight-hour job. I have taken a lot of papers home to be graded and created learning activities while at home. I enjoyed teaching because it made me feel very good to see students become motivated and finally achieve success.

M on July 25, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your life.

Bambe (author) from Philippines on July 24, 2020:

Indeed, it is a noble profession. However, without the student, we, teachers are nothing.

So, I also want to give honor and respect too to all students who sincerely helped us realize our role and shaped myself to be better.

Danny from India on July 24, 2020:

Bambe, if you are a teacher than due respect to you. Teaching is a very noble profession, and a launching pad for a student's career.

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Upen on July 23, 2020:

This is a very good and useful article for all those who want to make teaching as a profession.

You have beautifully written the life and routine of the teachers with their students.