These pictures have become the new craze. They are super funny, and usually accurate to a point.
What my friends think I do: This picture is occupied with a teacher reading a book to little kids. Looks like happy times- kids are paying attention and engaged. I will not lie, when I think about teaching my head floats straight to a classroom where I am teaching in Sunday school clothes and all the kids are listening and interested in what I have to say; but I think that is because that is our fantasy world of teaching. (Maybe not the church clothes). I think adults who have other jobs besides working in the education system think it is super easy to teach and that is why they picture this particular image when thinking about our occupation.
What my mom thinks I do: First off, I am scared of Albert Einstein ever since I had a nightmare about him trying to kill me with an ice cream cone. It really scarred me- but he was considered brilliant. Let me tell you, my mom thinks I am super smart; but really, I fake it. I do not know what I am doing. But most parents want to believe their kids can find the cure to cancer or end world hunger. Most parents just have an infinity of love for their children and they think their child is the smartest child ever to be born. That is why my mom thinks I am as smart as Mr. Einstein- she is delusional, like most parents.
What society thinks I do: Now, I do not know how to really interpret this picture, but I believe it is the fact that teachers get ‘summer vacation’. Sure, it sounds nice- we get the summer off and have fun and have nothing to worry about. Wrong. We are planning for the next year and brainstorming. I have heard a plethora of teachers say, their summer break really is not a break. So, that is how I associate this picture. Society thinks we have it easy. Work till three, get off school, have an amazing social life, and get awesome long vacations.
What kids think I do: Let’s admit. Kids like to exaggerate. They like to make a tiny incident into a dramatic scene and usually the teacher ends up being the bad guy, even though they secretly love us. One of my professors told me a story about a student in her class. They were required to write in their journals and she would read them every night. One kid wrote about wanting to commit suicide. The teacher went and told the councilor right away and that kid was angry and hurt that she spilled such a dark secret of his. Towards the end of the year they sit in a circle and they had to tell the class a positive aspect about one another. She was sitting right next to the boy and scared he would say something horrible. He said, ‘she is the best friend anyone could have’. See, they do like us! They just need to excite their lives by making up stories. They will realize that we are good people in time!
What I think I do: Teachers want to change the world. But overall, they want to know they at least changed one persons life. It is a great feeling guiding kids towards the future and helping them grow. We see the struggling student and hope that we can make their lives into a Hollywood movie that will inspire everybody around them. It might not all happen that extravagantly, but, whether we know it or not, I think we do change or at least positively alter the students we come in contact with.