The Day to Day Life and Career of a Teacher
No two teaching careers are the same. The way you teach and pursue your career is unique to you. By choosing a teaching career, you bring your full self to the school community: your personality, your experience, and your ambitions.
Teaching Enables You To
elevate your life, transform others’ lives
give back to your community
expand your career and work path
experience a diverse community of future Minnesotans, be a part of the solution for education in this state
"There's no word in the language I revere more than 'teacher.' My heart sings when a kid refers to me as his teacher, and it always has. I've honored myself and the entire family of man by becoming a teacher."
Pat Conroy, Prince of Tides
Teachers are our greatest public servants; they spend their lives educating our young people and shaping our Nation for tomorrow.
The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate “apparently ordinary” people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people.
~K. Patricia Cross
"Whoever first coined the phrase 'you're the wind beneath my wings' most assuredly was reflecting on the sublime influence of a very special teacher."
“Great teachers empathize with kids, respect them, and believe that each one has something special that can be built upon.”
“The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.”
The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see.
Alexandra K. Trenfor
Teaching is One of the Happiest Professions
Anyone Can Teach
Wrong! The idea is nonsense - try organizing a child's birthday party or chaperoning a high school dance!
Teacher Preparation is Not Much Use
Wrong! Studies over the last 30 years show that fully prepared teachers are more highly rated and more effective students.
Teachers Don't Work Hard Enough
Wrong! Teachers have little time during the day for planning, locating materials, talking with parents, meeting individually with students, or grading papers, they do all of these things after school hours, typically well into the evenings or on weekends.