I Love Teaching & My Students, But the Extras That Are Killing Me


Teaching is undoubtedly a noble profession. It’s a passion that comes from deep within, fueled by the love for disseminating knowledge and molding young minds, ready to tackle the world head-on. However, as much as I love teaching and my students, there are some “extras” in this line of work that make it less rewarding than it should be.

The Oversized Classroom:

One of the first challenges is catering to an increasingly oversized classroom. As the number of students per class grow, nurturing individual talents and addressing specific needs becomes difficult. Consequently, student-teacher interaction dwindles and some aspiring scholars may feel left out.

Overwhelming Administrative Work:

Apart from actual teaching hours, educators are burdened with hours of administrative work and seemingly endless paperwork. From attending faculty meetings to maintaining records and writing reports – these tasks consume time that would otherwise be dedicated to more meaningful interactions with our students.

Unrealistic Expectations:

Society expects teachers to fulfill multiple roles beyond academics – counselors, disciplinarians, social workers – all while juggling endless grading, curriculum planning and extracurricular activities. The cost of these unrealistic expectations on our mental well-being is sometimes unbearable.

Limited Resources and Support:

Budget constraints often undermine our ability to provide state-of-the-art facilities and materials needed to stimulate students’ learning abilities fully. Additionally, support from the administration or even parents is sometimes rare or inadequate, thereby limiting the extent to which we can do our job effectively.

Insufficient Salary:

The teaching profession has long been undervalued in terms of compensation. The fact that teachers must often personally bear the cost of purchasing classroom materials or professional development courses only adds insult to injury.

Poor Work-Life Balance:

Working long hours coupled with familial commitments make achieving a healthy work-life balance exceptionally hard for most educators. Burnout is inevitable when basic self-care and mental health needs are sidelined.


Despite these challenges, we still love teaching and molding young minds, but it’s about time that society takes a close look at the obstacles faced by educators and address them. Elevating the support for teachers, providing better resources, and recognizing our dedication will go a long way in ensuring that this profession remains fulfilling and enjoyable. After all, every student deserves an educator who can give their best without being hindered by these “extras.”

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