It’s not uncommon to hear reports, or read articles about the state of the teaching profession at the minute. Granted, I haven’t been a teacher long – this is my third year – but even I’ve noticed an increase in the media coverage discussing how much harder teaching is becoming. Even Michael Wilshaw (OFSTED head) says that teaching is becoming more difficult.
Believe it or not, that’s not what I worry about though. It’s inevitable that things are going to get harder on a personal level anyway. What I mean is that, the longer I teach, the more responsibilities I’ll be likely to take on. Eventually, I might have a family of my own to take care of and juggle teaching with that too. So, as time passes, teaching is going to become a more demanding job, regardless of what the government decide to throw at me.
With that said, the bureaucracy of teaching is slowly becoming more and more of a problem to me. The more paperwork I have to fill in and the more marking I have to do, the less time I’ve got to do the things I love – make learning games and think of exciting things to teach. However, it’s not the thing I worry about most.
What I do worry about is the perception of teaching. As teachers, we know it’s getting harder and we moan about it to other teachers. There are plenty of people on Facebook who take to teacher groups and vent their stresses, but we all understand.