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While this job is not without its physical dangers, the major source of stress comes from other places. Teachers must manage classroom behavior and motivate students to become more interested in learning and work harder on their studies. Sometimes, they have to work just to get them to show up to class.

Everybody thinks that teachers have it easy, going home at 3:30. Not so. There are lessons to be prepared, papers to grade, reports to be handed in. Then there are the politics of the school with grade and performance expectations, often felt by teachers to be at the expense of other subject learning. Coping with the demands, complaints, and often the lack of involvement of parents presents additional stressors.

The pay is usually not terrific. Burnout is not uncommon.

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