Today’s Daily Post prompt, called “Make It Anywhere,” asks us to recall a school, company, or place which reminds us of the famous phrase for New York: “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.”
For me, this applies to school and a profession. I’m learning to become an educator in an urban area, and the common saying around here is this: “If you can teach here (or in this setting), you can teach anywhere.” Why? Because urban schools have so many more children, so many more issues to handle, so many more eyes watching them (not everyone watching is always satisfied). It’s a trial, and burnout for educators is so high that 40-50% of teachers quit within the first five years. It has also been said by various other teachers that, although the first year is the most difficult, the third year is what makes you a bona fide teacher. If you’ve made it through the third year, you’re in it for the long haul. Furthermore, if you’ve made it past these benchmarks in an urban school setting (and you still want to teach), then you’re golden.
If you can teach in the urban schools, you can teach anywhere.
If you can teach for at least 3-5 years, you could be teaching for the rest of your life.