When I was a child, I loved to play school. I loved being the teacher. My stuffed animals were the students, and my little sister… She was the naughty one! I was always sending her to the principal’s office! (She just wouldn’t listen and plus it was fun to boss her around!) My mom use to tease me that I was so loud she could hear me “all the way down in the principal’s office.” “Now class…” she said I would always squeal. I used to love teaching, giving homework, and grading it. It was one of my absolute favorite things to do (but not so much now).
It’s funny how as we get older, reality sets in. When I was playing school as a child, I could just quit if the “students” didn’t behave, or if I didn’t feel like grading papers. While there are days that I wonder, ‘what was I thinking?’ (mainly those days when it’s cold out, I have a headache, I’m tired, and little Johnny over there is just pushing my buttons nonstop), I have way more days that I absolutely LOVE what I do! I wouldn’t trade my job for any other job in the world. I feel this was the place God put me and I’m truly blessed to get to teach each day.
Here are my top 10 (but really, I could list more) reasons I love teaching (in no particular order):
- I love children. I love their cute little smiles, their curiosities, how innocent they are. I love how much imagination they have (jealous a bit) and energetic they are! It keeps me young and reminds me that life is so joyous if you don’t think about all the day to day worries and stress. Try to live like a child one day — you’ll feel great. Just do it — skip through the grocery store… People won’t think you’re nuts. 😉
- With that said, with children in the classroom, I can make funny voices and act all goofy – and they love it! If you do that kind of stuff in a room with adults, they may start whispering.
- I am passionate about stuff. Yep, pretty broad there. There are so many things I love learning about and teaching. I get so excited when science experiments go like described in a book, or when we explore really neat things about owls (owls are SO cool!). Sometimes I think I learn more from the kids than they do from me.
- Cliché here, right… That light bulb moment. I absolutely love that feeling of excitement (and if it’s the right day, I feel like I want to cry because I’m so happy!) that builds up inside of me when a student who has been struggling for so long finally gets it! Unless you have personally experienced the “AHA moment,” you may not truly understand how powerful and wonderful that feeling is. It’s why I love teaching!
- I love to lesson plan. I love the creativity of it. I love the challenge of it. How can I make this better? How can I make this fun? How can I keep myself from being bored (which is hard to do — I get bored easily)? I love to create fun, unique “presentations” for my students. I want to hook them and have them fall in love with learning. Am I successful with every lesson? No, but I do try hard!
- I can change the future and have an impact. I can make a difference. I think this quote sums it up pretty good:
- The books. I love children’s books. They are goofy and funny and sometimes they can really make you think deep. Where else can I enjoy a quick book each day?
- I’m a data geek. I love to see the scores change throughout the year and the growth that occurs. It’s so exciting to me. I know, I’m strange.
- The personal connections. I love the personal connections I make with children, their siblings, and their families.
- I’m good at it! Who doesn’t love something that they are good at? (Well, that wasn’t a good point. I am good at cooking and baking (so I hear) but I absolutely cannot stand it!)
I could probably come up with many more — I love having a schedule that matches my kiddos. I love that I can wear pajamas to school for pajama day. I love that exciting feeling when school is called off for snow days. I could go on, but who has the time…
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