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13 Reasons Teachers' Jobs Are A Lot Harder Than You Think

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Being a teacher is more than just teaching! It’s a lot harder than you think.

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1. Because they have to be lie detectors.

They have to know exactly when a child is fibbing about not doing their homework...or cheating...or skipping class...or whatever.
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They have to know exactly when a child is fibbing about not doing their homework...or cheating...or skipping class...or whatever.

2. Because they have to be mediators.

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"Break it up! Break it up!"

3. And have the patience of a saint.

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Especially when they hear this all the time:

"What were the instructions again?"

"Kyle is being bad!"

"WHYYY DO WE HAVE TO DO THIS??"

4. Because they don’t just clock in nine to five.

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There's lesson-planning! Grading papers! Setting up the classroom! Trying to learn the new curriculum standards!

5. Because they essentially have to be shepherds.

"Single-file line, please."
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"Single-file line, please."

6. Because they have to be motivational speakers.

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Using any means possible.

7. And entertainers!

"If everyone reads 25 hours this month, you get to cover Mr. Smith with ice cream toppings!"
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"If everyone reads 25 hours this month, you get to cover Mr. Smith with ice cream toppings!"

8. But they also have to be the cleanup crew.

How does a child get gum in their hair? How did glitter get everywhere?
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How does a child get gum in their hair? How did glitter get everywhere?

9. Because one should not have to train themselves to use the restroom only two times a day, but somehow they do it!

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10. Because disciplining is no joke.

And can really take a toll on their day.
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And can really take a toll on their day.

11. And beyond the standard reading, writing, and arithmetic, their most important class is BE A GOOD PERSON 101.

Not only do they have to make sure students pass standardized tests, they have to make sure they use indoor voices, keep their hands to themselves, and are respectful.
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Not only do they have to make sure students pass standardized tests, they have to make sure they use indoor voices, keep their hands to themselves, and are respectful.

12. Not to mention all the emotional labor teachers go through when their students are feeling upset.

Teachers are there to comfort, console, and support their students. Their kids really depend on them.
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Teachers are there to comfort, console, and support their students. Their kids really depend on them.

13. But at the end of the day, it’s so rewarding to be a teacher because they get to be such a big influence on kids' lives! And someday, they might just come back and say, “You really helped me be who I am today."

It's one of the most fulfilling jobs in the world.
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It's one of the most fulfilling jobs in the world.

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