I have a theory, probably not very controversial, and it is this: The vast majority of academics in the third level sector would prefer to do no teaching.
Now, I think I ‘like’ teaching as much as anyone, but three weeks into the semester, I can feel my enthusiasm waning already. Of course, the fact that I have nine lectures a week is a factor.
But there is no doubt that teaching, particularly lecturing, is relentless, draining, often demoralising, repetitive, very time-consuming and only occasionally fulfilling. No matter how crap you feel, you still have to stand up in front of that class! Teaching lab modules isn’t so bad because at least you can engage with the students.
I have huge respect for secondary school teachers. I don’t know how the hell they do it!