I often get asked about what it takes to become a business teacher at the high school level. It doesn’t take much. You can get into teaching with minimal effort these days. Taking online classes that mean nothing and attending a few classes at a college is all it takes. You may have to pass a test in your content area that is mostly common sense. Oh yes, the preparation for becoming a teacher actually teaches you nothing about how it really is.
"Oh yes, the preparation for becoming a teacher actually teaches you nothing about how it really is."
You want to become a great teacher? Let me tell you what it really takes. You need to work your ass off every damn day. You will have 125–130 students a day to motivate. Most of them don’t want to be there. You have to have guts. You have to have stamina. You have to learn how to stay positive even on the worst days. If you want to be a great teacher, you will have to give a damn all the time. You will have to stay true to what is right even when administrators and parents tell you it’s wrong. Teaching high school is a war every day.
"You will have to stay true to what is right even when administrators and parents tell you it’s wrong."
I hear it from others outside the industry the same old adage that crap about your get summers off. Do they know I plan curriculum in the summer? I write programs for students in the summer? I set up classrooms and go to conferences in the summer? Sure I like summers off. That is because I get to work like they do in the summer. I have freedom to leave the school. In the school year, I get up and go to work earlier than they do. I come home later than they do. I can’t work from home or run out for coffee anytime I please during the school year. Travel is not a work day for me. Oh, did I mention that I give over 900 sales pitches a year?
"Oh, did I mention that I give over 900 sales pitches a year?"
So back to being a great teacher… I get people who worked in the business industry and have degrees from “great” colleges and universities asking me for jobs as a high school business teacher. While subject knowledge is good, you have to be able to handle the war of motivation. I have seen fortune 500 company employees get destroyed in the classroom because they don’t know how to relate to teenagers.
"While subject knowledge is good, you have to be able to handle the war of motivation."
I am not looking for pity here. I am actually looking for people with guts and passion for helping others. If we are going to #disrupteducation, we need amazing people in the schools to be willing to change the system for the better. If you choose to teach, be prepared to get punched in the gut every day. Oh yes, and motivate the unmotivated all the time.