Great teachers do it all. They have to. Across all ages, languages, ethnicities, and subjects, teachers are, and need to be, some of the most widely skilled people around in order to be successful. A day in the life of a teacher can vary greatly depending on the subject and grade level in which they teach. From kindergarten to high school and special education to statistics, one theme runs consistently throughout every great teacher’s career: their job does not end with the school day.
Although standing in front of the classroom is a huge part of a teacher’s responsibilities, they extend far beyond that into the lives of their students, their students’ families and their community. A great teacher may help a student-in-need after class, attend PTA meetings, coach and/or root on the school teams. A great teacher may also attend relevant conferences, network with other teachers and engage in continuing education to stay at the forefront of their specialty.
Great teachers teach, and we all know that. Great teachers also do so much more. Great teachers motivate, inspire and lead. They interact with their community to affect positive change through their students and themselves. Great teachers change lives. Great teachers do it all.