Welcome to the world of teaching...one of the most selfless professions in the world. In order to be effective, it requires you have a passion for teaching, learning, and most importantly, your students. You want to see them do better. It requires that you have to give so much of yourself. You will constantly give your time, energy, and YES even money!
Recently, I had a conversation with someone who said the reason they came into teaching was due to the fact they thought it was a lot easier than corporate. Their perception was that it was not as competitive and because they have children, that it would be a smooth transition! This person had zero experience in the classroom as a teacher and did not go to school for it. Now they are recognizing, teaching is not for the faint of heart. They are also realizing the school system is its own animal and just like corporate some are just trying to move up. But what they fail to realize, typically, you will not just move up if you do not demonstrate at least some interest or care about the students.
Most mornings, I am at work between 6:15 and 6:30. Many times, I do not leave until after 4:30. Sometimes, I am there after 7PM. While we do get summers off, if you are truly trying to be effective, part of your summer is spent doing Professional Development as well as planning for the upcoming school year. Many times educators are sacrificing their relationships with their own children, other family members, and friends in order to help the children in their classroom and school. And while educators must find a balance of not giving everything to the point were they are burnt out, it is still demanding career.
Imagine having a bad day. In many other fields, when you are upset ,rather it is caused by the people at work or at home, you can go to your office, bathroom, cubicle, etc. and be alone in your own thoughts. As a teacher, we have to turn off anything that effects us because it affects our students. Again being selfless to help our students.
That saying, "...Those who do, do and those who don't teach..." need to come into a classroom especially in today's time and recognize, those who do, teach.