I have been teaching since I was 21 years old, and every year I feel like I can do more. I know that teachers like me work hard every single day during our work hours and sometimes off the clock. We may get more vacation time than others; however, some of us still find ourselves working during our vacations. Some people ask why teachers work so hard, get paid less, yet they still continue to work in this particular workplace? The answer is very simple…it’s our passion. Some teachers are passionate about the subjects that they teach, some teachers our passionate about helping and teaching individuals, but there are only a few that are passionate about the legacy that every task that he/she takes will support the next generation of students.
Lately it seems like teachers, including me, are forgetting why we decided to teach due to the challenges in the education systems and other political input that has become part of our schools and classrooms. Similar to our students, changes are different and may seem scary, so we argue and debate over the changes. Whereas some of us accept the changes and continue to do our work. I am not stating that teachers should not fight over what they believe is right or wrong; however, I am stating that we should put back or add more passion into education. Some may questioned who am I, such a young teach, to state that passion is or is not in the education simple? Well, within the last five years I have taught every single grade level, now including college level education, and I feel that something is missing. I have been working very hard these last few years, trying to find the missing piece, and I think that I have it, which has been the reason for all of my success within all of the grade levels I have taught. My system of thinking how I can support my students, while accepting new changes, yet finding ways to incorporate the changes into my teaching style has created me to be such a phenomenal teacher. Most importantly, I think about the impact of my students and how it takes more than one individual to teach; it takes a village. This village includes all teachers, staff, parents, ex… and our willingness to use our passion. If we all began to work together and use all of our talented skills, our students will succeed.
I hope this blog entry has inspired you to not think about overworking, our blaming one person or the other for our student’s achievement, but that it allows you to think about the passion you put into your job.