Morale Catastrophe

It is exhilarating, the moment you first step inside the four-walled enclosure, with neatly arranged seats, and a special corner specially made for the distributor of knowledge, the teacher. It will be their fortress, a sanctuary-like place where ideas grow and transpire, and will also be a silent witness of their hardships and struggles, and how they will deal with them. Yes, being a teacher is exhilarating, but it was mentally, physically and morally challenging as well.

            You do not bring an empty gun at war. Teachers are defenders of education, they fight against mediocrity, knowledge is their power, and the four corners of a classroom will be the battlefield. Mind you, it is one tough fight. Endless nights of brainstorming, creating new ideas to improve the quality of learning, and daily struggles of facing hundreds of students while trying your best not to lose your cool and hoping that each and every student have been given an equal attention so that they could learn. The most heart-breaking part of being an educator is when they knew they have given their best to impart all the important knowledge and lessons to their students and then finding out that some of them did not manage to pass. You could not blame them, for every individual has their own learning capacities, and that is an uncontrollable factor that will not fit in the equation of teaching.

            There will be days where a teacher’s morale will be as high as it could be, but there will be days where it will be six feet below the ground. It is a roller coaster ride, the journey of being an educator. There will be ups and downs, twist and turns and a little bump along the way, but the feeling of fulfillment once the students have shown their positive transition towards learning, is something irreplaceable and worth going through catastrophic times, as their second parent, their mentor, and their teacher.

It is exhilarating, the moment you first step inside the four-walled enclosure, with neatly arranged seats, and a special corner specially made for the distributor of knowledge, the teacher. It will be their fortress, a sanctuary-like place where ideas grow and transpire, and will also be a silent witness of their hardships and struggles, and how they will deal with them. Yes, being a teacher is exhilarating, but it was mentally, physically and morally challenging as well.

            You do not bring an empty gun at war. Teachers are defenders of education, they fight against mediocrity, knowledge is their power, and the four corners of a classroom will be the battlefield. Mind you, it is one tough fight. Endless nights of brainstorming, creating new ideas to improve the quality of learning, and daily struggles of facing hundreds of students while trying your best not to lose your cool and hoping that each and every student have been given an equal attention so that they could learn. The most heart-breaking part of being an educator is when they knew they have given their best to impart all the important knowledge and lessons to their students and then finding out that some of them did not manage to pass. You could not blame them, for every individual has their own learning capacities, and that is an uncontrollable factor that will not fit in the equation of teaching.

            There will be days where a teacher’s morale will be as high as it could be, but there will be days where it will be six feet below the ground. It is a roller coaster ride, the journey of being an educator. There will be ups and downs, twist and turns and a little bump along the way, but the feeling of fulfillment once the students have shown their positive transition towards learning, is something irreplaceable and worth going through catastrophic times, as their second parent, their mentor, and their teacher.


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