If you are an English teacher or professor, you know just how hard and thankless the job can sometimes be. But teaching English can also be very rewarding and fun, especially if it’s something you’re passionate about. There are sometimes little telltale signs of English teachers though. Here are 4 things most English teachers have in common.
They Have Little Free Time
Teaching schedules are already busy and hours are already long if you are only considering the school day, but keep in mind that teachers work after hours, often long into the night at home, grading papers and making lesson plans. English teachers often have extremely long papers to read and grade and this can take many hours per week. Because of this, it can be very hard to find time to do the things they want to do, whether they’re needing to spend more time with their family, go to the store to buy a t-shirt, or simply just relax and have some downtime. Remember this when dealing with an English teacher – they have to make a lot of sacrifices to do what they do.
They’re Always Correcting People’s Grammar
When you teach grammar for a living and much of your day is often spent using a red pen to correct spelling and grammar mistakes, you simply can’t help but carry that over into the rest of your life and correct people’s grammar, even outside of the classroom. This may annoy an English teacher’s friends, family, or social media followers, but it’s also pretty funny.
Teachers in general often feel underappreciated and underpaid, and this is even more true of English teachers. While many children love to go to art class, physical education, or even science, fewer kids enjoy English. To many people, it is just plain boring. For this reason, English teachers really are rock stars, so make sure to thank them the next time you meet one.
They Love To Read
Being an avid reader is a common trait among English teachers, and that makes a ton of sense. When people have a love for the English language, they tend to not only enjoy teaching literature to their students but to also enjoy reading it in their free time. Often a great love of books is what causes a person to want to become an English teacher in the first place! So if you’re looking for a great gift for an English teacher, head no further than your local bookstore. Just make sure they don’t already have the book you’re thinking of getting them first because chances are they have a lot.
English teachers are awesome for so many reasons. The fact that you were even able to read this list is probably owed to them!