The many hats of the teacher

multi-taskSo teachers are there to teach things to students, or so our contracts say. But we do so much else. Developing skill and delivering content knowledge are an important part of what we do, but so are unleashing talent, building interest, improving capabilities, and a million other things.

It is interesting how little known this fact is outside of teacher circles. This is something I harp on about a lot, but the public’s view of the modern teacher is often incorrect. Aside from all of these educational and learning roles, teachers care for their students, mould them into responsible citizens, friends and human beings, provide counselling for them and sometimes a shoulder to cry on. I think of how many parents struggle with one or two teenagers. Imagine what it is like with 28 of them!

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