Is It Me? or: What Makes Teaching a Class Difficult?

Updated: May 11, 2020

Good teachers might make it look easy, but it isn’t at all, and the fact that a lot of people assume that it is can be disappointing and disheartening.

All of us have been in classrooms, and looking back on those experiences it can seem as though teachers were mostly relaxed, that one activity seemed to easily fold into the next, etc. Little did you know that’s all part of the magical web teachers so painstakingly weave to create an environment conducive to learning.


We have to keep changing things, whether it improves the quality of the teaching or not. One thing that isn’t a myth about teachers is that they love the actual act of teaching. However, sometimes teachers can be made to feel as if their wings are being clipped by ever-changing guidelines and standards that demand they rework, rewrite, and resubmit curriculum and lesson plans for approval, when the materials and ideas they’d already developed were working well. Also, professional development expectations (goal setting, assessment requirements, training days, etc.) tend to take up a lot of time and energy that teachers would sometimes rather devote directly to their students and classrooms. If teachers were given more freedom to pick and choose how they direct their efforts toward improving their teaching, it might not feel so taxing. But, the bureaucracy can get to be a little much, and it can feel like there is a lot of wasted time and energy.


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