Last week, I attended a Parent-Teacher Conference.
It’s been awhile since I last attended one. It was a great experience as most of the parents were present during the said orientation.
Essentially, we know how teachers roll: lesson plans, teach, and guide our children at school. However, just like any other profession, teachers wear several hats too. What we don’t know is, there’s more than just “educating” our kids. Here are some other jobs teachers do at school:
5 Other Jobs You Didn’t Know Teachers Do at School
Teachers are good listeners too. They listen to all our sad stories about our relationships and why we haven’t paid for the tuition yet.
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But, truthfully, they are always ready to listen and understand the hardships our children go through or experience every day.
While tutoring is essential, teachers also act as counselors to help students reach their ultimate potential. In the movie Blind Side, the teacher portrayed by Kathy Bates helped Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) boost his self-confidence and self-esteem.
4. Personal Assistant
A personal assistant (PA) is described as a secretary or a person doing administrative tasks for one person. Therefore, teachers are PAs too as they follow our ultimate task – that when at school, they must take care of our children like their own.
There’s a common spook about teachers: they sell food like tocino and longanisa to their students. In short, they wear their entrepreneurial hat at school. Tocilog (cured pork plus egg) or Longanisa is a staple breakfast meal for Pinoys.
Honestly, I don’t see anything wrong with that. In fact, I find it convenient! Imagine, if you are pressed for time to cook, you can just grab it from them! You reciprocated a good deed: you helped the teacher earn and s/he also helped you save time to do other things.
2. Traffic Enforcers
When the school isn’t as big as the usual campuses in Manila, the least thing car owners can do is to abide by the school’s rules and regulations. Better yet, demonstrate road courtesy by driving cautiously in a school zone.
Please. Slow down. According to Official Gazette, cars should have a MAXIMUM speed of 20 km/h (12 mph) in school zones.
This is the (narrow) road going inside our school. As you can see, there are no sidewalks for the parents, especially children to use. Every day is a struggle for people who don’t have cars to walk there as there are cars who treat it like a race track. Significantly, teachers took the initiative of guiding cars on where to drop their kids off, when to stop and go, and what time they can go inside the campus.
Therefore, teachers become traffic enforcers too. They ensure the safety of our children.
Last and not least, teachers are babysitters too.
They nurture our children. They feed them if need be. And most importantly, they love our them unconditionally.
‘Cher may not be a Superwoman or Superman but s/he can be a jack of all trades too! So, the next time you see your kid’s teachers, be kind and loving!
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