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.

Sisyphean task

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.

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1 Response

  1. Arbi Mchiche says:

    Hello fellow chalker,

    You’re certainly right to compare our somewhat tedious job to Sisyphus’ eternal meaningless and exhausting task. However, we do differ a lot from the unlucky Sisyphus in the sense that we found ourselves carrying chalk and incessantly delivering talk after a predetermined choice. Another equally important difference, is that our lives within the classrooms are not completely void of meaning. We do sometimes succeed illuminating some of our students. We even manage to help them find their way and ultimately accept life as it is while still be willing to be agents of change.

    By the way, may you accept my most heart-felt congratulations on your wonderfully designed and content rich website. I will certainly be using a lot of your suggested activities with my students. Thank you for the great job. You’re a Titan in the Moroccan ELT scene;-) I’m proud of you, man!

    Best regards,
    Arbi Mchiche

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