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There are so many things they never tell you when you're in college. They particularly don't tell you many things when you are in what I like to affectionately refer to as "teacher school." Sure they teach you everything you need to know about lesson planning, differentiating instruction, grading, and the logistical stuff. But there is so much more.
They don't tell you that after a few weeks with the kids you will lie awake at night thinking of ways to engage them, ways to make them interested, ways to reach every single student. They don't tell you that you'll constantly second guess all that education they gave you when some of your kids fail. They don't tell you that you'll advise them on more than *insert your subject area here*, and that you'll be thankful for any small chance you get to show them how to be a better person.
They don't tell you that even when they're no longer in your class that you'll still worry about them, and that if you change schools you'll wonder even more about how they're doing. And that you'll hope and pray for their continued success.
They don't tell you that when they're getting nervous over standardized testing that we're just as nervous, and not because we think someone will judge us, but because we want them to succeed and feel good about themselves for beating that test. They don't tell you how many days of instruction you'll lose for all the stuff they insist you do, like that testing.
They do tell you that you'll cry. What they don't tell you is that it won't just be from frustration. It will be from anger, fear, sadness, loss, triumph, and overwhelming joy.
They don't tell you that if you love it, really love it, that even on the worst of days they still aren't that bad.