What are the biggest frustrations of being a high school teacher that ordinary people do not understand?
Every classroom situation is different. One day it is calm and passive and the next day it can get boisterous.
No two kids are the same. Each one has a different learning style and most students between the age of 10–13 are volatile. Any minute your best lesson can become your worst. The unpredictability is what makes the whole thing so energetic.
The greatest frustration is not knowing if your lesson plan worked or not. The introspection of the inner workings of the minds of a complex classroom is textbook psychology. You may think you are a great teacher but most students would not say that of you. What could be more deflating than give all your time energy and motivation to teach students who seem least interested in what you have to say?
Parents don't get this. To them you are a glorified babysitter and you are just a government paid employee ( and too many holidays)
Ordinary people dont grow thick skins like teachers do. Ordinary people are nice and comfortable with mundane lives and mortgages to pay. Teachers are extra-ordinary human beings with just that little more expected of them. When it comes to PTA meetings they tell you, in so many ways, that you are a great teacher but their son or daughter needs that extra lesson. That's frustrating.
Ordinary people dont know that teachers are stressed baby-sitting a whole brood of spoiled brats for 8 hours a day. They are busy at work and their brood is banging desk, spitting on the wall, peeing offside on the toilet bowl, eating lunch under the desk, perfecting paper darts and aeroplanes from English worksheets.That is so frustrating. YOu spent the best part of your evening writing all this stuff up and you get stuffed up! Do ordinary people know this?
Secondary teachers have perfected the art of smiling on the outside and growling on the inside.
On the last day of the school year if he/she is standing at the gate waving you goodbye he/she really means it. His/her planning for the next year begins in earnest after a quick visit to the pub.
Its a great profession. That's why I left as quickly as I could.