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
“Our greatest contribution is to be sure there is a teacher in every classroom who cares that every student, every day, learns and grows and feels like a real human being.”
Donald O Clifton
“The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth.'”
Teachers are our greatest public servants; they spend their lives educating our young people and shaping our Nation for tomorrow.
“A mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”
Henry Brooks Adams
Tell me and I'll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I'll understand.
Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross, then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create bridges of their own.
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.