A 27 year old newly appointed maths teacher in a south Dublin secondary school, has today returned home exhausted after a long and hard day reading answers from the back of the books she was using.
Mary O’Reilly is only getting used to the work involved with being a full time teacher and after an early start (9:40), began to feel the effects on her both physically and mentally.
Commenting to us earlier she said:
It’s harder than I thought. I mean, I’m teaching 3 different years and it can be tricky to keep track of all the books and what sections the answers are in. It really needs a person to be on top of their game so that you can jump from one answer section to another, without losing track of where you are.
Many people outside the teaching profession do not realise that a lot of a teacher’s personal time is taken up with school matters. This mainly involves coming up with arguments as to why teaching is harder than most other jobs, but the fact this simply isn’t true, can place a lot of pressure on new teachers trying to persuade others that it is.
Mary commented further saying:
It’s a lot of pressure to go home and try to convince yourself and others that teaching is a hard job, when it’s not, but its one of the main parts of the profession. I can spend anywhere from 2-3 hours every night complaining about teaching, moaning on Facebook and conjuring up reasons as to why it’s harder than being a nurse, social worker or bin man. It really takes up a big chunk of my time and most people don’t seem to realise that.
Mary, who finished today at 2:30, is expected to go straight back to bed to continue to watch Arrested Development episodes. She’ll more than likely sneak a cheeky nap in and then get to work on researching complaints she can use with her house mates.
Who have real jobs.