Top Ten List of Positive things Teachers Do

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I have been employed in the field of education for over 20 years now.  I have taught numerous grades, served as a Vice-Principal and am currently the Principal of a very large elementary school.  What I have noticed during this time is that teachers as a group often get a “bad rap.”  I actually find that the public and parents love individual teachers, but as a group…not so much!  There are many reasons that are typically given for this; long vacation times, summers off, teacher unionization, incessant teacher working conditions complaints, and the list goes on.  The nature of these attacks have not really changed since I first started teaching and will probably be around long after I am finished.  Whether there is any validity to these points is not the goal of this post today however.  Indeed, with back to school time here, I wanted to create a list of the top positive things that I see teachers do on a daily basis but never seem to get the same press as the aforementioned items.  So without further ado:


1.  Spend countless hours planning and running various clubs designed to meet the needs and interests of their students.

2. Spend countless hours planning and coaching teams for their students.

3.  Giving a student their own lunch after realizing the little one had failed to bring their own, and nobody is picking up the phone at home.

4. Providing first aid and bandaging cuts and scrapes on a daily basis.

5. Spending their own money to equip their classroom as the budget they are given is woefully inadequate.

6. Dedicating personal time to planning and creating lessons and units which are designed to engage their students.

7.  Tirelessly standing up for the rights of their students so they can get the help they need.

8.  Giving up their own break time, lunch time, after school family time so they can provide extra help for their students.

9.  Always lending an empathetic ear to students and parents and trying to help wherever they can.

10.  Giving up own weekends and holiday times so they can accompany their students on trips.

I can certainly go on.  Please feel free to add to the list, this should get you started however!


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2 comments on “Top Ten List of Positive things Teachers Do
  1. Chelsea Fullington-Egli says:


  2. Anonymous says:

    This is a great list and well thought out. When you read about the teaching profession in the newspaper these things are rarely mentioned!

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