Teachers back to school
Back to school
Back to school! The summer holiday is over. Teachers are preparing their bags, lesson plans, notebooks and worksheets. But the thing that marks every teacher’s feelings every new school year is the endless feeling of repeating the same endeavors to enlighten their students minds.
In fact the situation of teachers back to school is very much like the situation of Sisyphus’s eternal toil. Sisyphus was compelled by the gods to roll a huge rock up a hill only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this throughout eternity.
After saying goodbye to the students of the previous year, we are bound to provide a warm welcome to the new students of this year. Some of them are ready and willing to learn while others will certainly make our lives difficult which will necessitate a huge effort on the teachers part. Setting the rules, providing an appropriate environment for the learning (and the teaching), spotting the difficult students, the low achievers, providing support, inventing new tricks to manage the classroom, evaluating, grading, getting feedback, carrying remedial work… and the list is still long, very long, a Sisyphean task…
What undoubtedly gives us hope is that the struggle towards the heights, helping our students, enlightening their minds and sowing the seeds of knowledge is enough to fill a teacher’s heart. We should not regard our task as a punishment. It is in fact a mission. A noble mission. The NOBLEST.