Congratulations, You are about to enter one of the most noble professions in the world So here are 25 things you show know ahead of time That’s right. Twenty five. 1. During the first week of school your feet will hurt 2. You’ll discover the joy of simple things like smelly markers 3. You will have teacher nightmares the month before you start teaching. It’s totally normal. We all get them. 4. Some of those nightmares will become a reality. Because you’re going to fail . . . hard. But each mistake is another iteration closer to success. So, keep experimenting. 5. You will learn to hold your bladder for hours on end. If this were an Olympic sport teachers would be gold medalists 6. You will cry in your car or at your desk or maybe even both. 7. You’re going to put on weight. It’s like the freshman fifteen. Except it might be 20 or 25 8. You will yell at your class. You will apologize. And your students will amaze you when they are quick to forgive. 9. But here’s the thing. You are also going to have amazing lessons. And you’ll shock yourself with how awesome you are. 10. You’ll leave your lunch at home and eat it from a vending machine. and you’ll convince yourself that Cheez-Its and Cheetos are a full portion of dairy 11. You’ll start carrying around hand sanitizer everywhere you go or as the kids call it, “hanitizer” 12. From this year forward, you’re going to be stuck watching the same bloodborne pathogen video every single year Welcome to the club. 13. You’re going to fall asleep at 5 pm with a half-empty carton of Ben and Jerry’s and a massive pile of papers 14. You’re going to do too much and try too hard. and that’s okay Just give yourself the permission to rest. Watch a movie. Read a book. Go out into nature. Take care of your health. with their work 15. Your students will amaze you with their work and their ideas and their growth. 16. You’ll feel like the luckiest person alive. And you are But here’s the thing: So are your students because they have you. 17. You will worry about your students. and you’ll have a student whose story breaks your heart. and you will think about that child every single day when you go home. 18. Then you will go back to school the next day and you will listen to that child and affirm that child and teach that child and love that child even when they’re difficult Because you’re a teacher. And that’s what we do. 19. Someday the kids in your class will come back and invite you to graduation and they’ll hand you a thank you note and you’ll cry in your car or at your desk just like you did in your first year of teaching 20. Even on your worst day, you will think critically and promote justice and transform practice 21. You will inspire your students to be better people 22. and empower them to be deeper thinkers 23. They will feel safe and loved and challenged. 24. They will be the makers who build a better future. 25. And the world will be a better place. Because of you.