By Naoufel Zouidi, Lessouda Secondary School.
Starting a teaching career is not an easy matter. It is rather an adventure full of hardships and troubles. New teachers all over the world may find it very difficult to cope with some discouraging conditions that impede their development as teachers and therefore look for someone to share their worries. Friends and family members never miss such an opportunity to show their wisdom: ‘be careful I know some teachers who really suffered and had serious problems’, ‘be careful pupils nowadays are very naughty so try to be strict and don’t let them win the battle against you’, ‘be careful some colleagues are very bad people’…The list is long. Just imagine the situation and you will find plenty of warnings. That makes a new teacher feel he/she is going to fight against pupils, colleagues, and even the job he is doing. He/She just struggles to settle.
Complaints about pupils’ level appear after one or two months and new warnings come out: ‘be careful the inspector will come soon’, ‘be careful he/she may write a report to the ministry if your lesson fails’, ‘be careful your pupils will get the worst results and your future as a teacher is at stake’, ‘be careful pupils will tell the headmaster that you are not as successful as their previous teacher’, ‘be careful if you fail this year you will never be a successful teacher’. Thus, a new struggle starts and the new teacher will be certain that his/her destiny is to be always careful and ready to fight which is not true in fact. Most people did their best to be teachers and therefore fulfill one of their childhood dreams. There is no greater pleasure than having the opportunity to grant knowledge and enlighten others. So be proud of being a teacher and forget about your fears since you are doing a really noble job. Be careful my article is over…