My career/life purpose coach gave me the assignment this week to look at my job — teaching in particular — and look at what I like and dislike about it. It’s that time of year again when the school year is more than half way over, and summer vacation/summer jobs are peeking over the horizon. So, what am I drawn to? What do I enjoy about what I do, and where can that take me?
I’ll start with do not likes, so that I end on a positive note:
- Excessive grading (unless I’m paid for it!) — especially of projects and other complicated assignments
- Excessive Planning
- Balancing interesting activities with less intense planning and less intense grading
- Working at home (and not getting paid for it, and not doing things I want to do at home)
- Managing disruptive students
- Managing off-task students
- Dealing with a loud noise level
- Keeping a classroom organized
- Less pay
- No insurance (which can also be a benefit)
- Negative parental contact
And then there are likes:
- The stability of the job.
- The hours.
- The variety of the job.
- Going into a job and leaving the house.
- Less pressure than last year with a specials subject (Spanish).
- Interacting with people.
- Students and teachers greeting me in the hallways.
- Students saying they are enjoying an activity.
- Managing students who are mostly on-task and interested in the work.
- Helping teachers or students who need help.
- Connecting with students/teachers.
- Snow days (if there are any!)
- nice lunch (on full days)
- on my feet and moving around
- having a good laugh
- fun activities
- positive parental contact, including open house and conferences
That’s it for now. I may add more later.