My job, the way I see it, is to present the material in a way that is understandable and engaging. I have to design assignments that reinforce what was done in class. I have to create exams that accurately test what was taught. I have to return them in a timely fashion and clear up anything my students do not understand. I have to answer questions during and after class and to respond to e-mails from my students. Of course I must have complete understanding of the things I teach and be prepared.
I am tired to telling them to put their phones away or that they can't afford another absence. I don't know how to convince them to do homework when showing them the test questions they got wrong came straight from these assignments. I'm sick of explaining why I won't stop teaching until 8:25, the time the class ends.
I teach in a junior college where many of my students are dealing with crisis in their personal lives. Many have full time jobs and families. Still, they made a commitment to attend school and must commit to doing what is necessary to succeed. If they can't find the motivation within themselves I can not and will not give it to them. I'm sorry for their personal problems, the divorce, the sick parent, the rent being due, but I can't do more than lend a sympathetic ear.
I strive to be the best teacher possible but maybe I am just getting old and jaded. Probably best to leave teaching to the young.