6 Things You Should Never Say to a Preschool Teacher … | NO SMALL MATTER a film on ECE

6 Things You Should Never Say to a Preschool Teacher … | NO SMALL MATTER a film on ECE

December 10, 2019 37 By Stanley Isaacs


So there are some things that people often say to preschool teachers that make us a wee bit cranky. Do you need a degree
to do this? Believe it or not, lots of people go to school to become preschool teachers. And we take real classes, too! Not like Juicebox 101. Education, philosophy, theory. And many
districts require you to have a degree. And also we take tests, big ones, lots of them.
It takes a lot of effort to become a preschool teacher. But it should, we’re shaping America’s
future. So you’re basically a babysitter, right? Does your babysitter create curriculum?
Does your babysitter take anecdotal notes of your child’s play, and then develop full
themes based on that? Are there 19 other kids at your house? Chances are the answer is no.
No, I’m not a babysitter. If you love kids so much, why don’t you have any of your own? I actually get this question a lot. And my response is usually the same: If you love
kids so much, why don’t you have nine more? I love kids, clearly, I work with them. But
to each their own. It must be really nice to have summers off. Yes it would! That would
be really nice! I would love that. It’s never happened. All preschool teachers I know don’t
take the summer off. We can’t afford to. Preschool teachers have other jobs, they coach, they
work other programs. In fact, most programs go year-long. I myself bartend 12 hours a
day on the weekends. Feel free to come by for a drink. If you really cared about kids,
you wouldn’t worry about the salary. Nobody goes into preschool teaching for the money.
But, if your salary isn’t enough to you know, pay rent, eat, live… One of the biggest
worries preschool teachers actually have is the idea that they’re not going to make enough
to do what we really love to do, which is teach your kids. Doesn’t it get tiring watching
kids all day? Every job is tiring. And a preschool teacher is no exception. But, what really
fills your tank, is the idea that these kids in front of you are growing in leaps and bounds.
And it’s because of you. So yeah it’s tiring, but totally worth it. If you’re a preschool
teacher, let’s keep this conversation going. Go ahead and put your examples, your funny
stories, your clever remarks, down below where you put the comments.