This year begins my 26th year of teaching. My school has been in session now for nearly four weeks. My goodness! We are almost to midterm already. As I reflect on this school year and my other twenty-five school year beginnings, I realize that despite the frustrations and realities of the teaching world, I deep down passionately love what I do. I can’t imagine my life without teaching.
So, what do I love about it?
- I know and love the people of the community in which I teach. I have reached the point of having taught parents and their children. There is something special about that. I cherish the relationships I have developed with families over the years.
- My students teach me so much about learning and growing and resilience.
- I love helping my learners realize and grow their potential. I truly believe that they will change the world and make it better.
- Teaching never gets stale. It evolves from year to year as I learn new things. I enjoy self-directed professional development.
- I can share my passion for writing with my students and watch them with wonder as they discover their writing voices.
I do truly love what I do. Admittedly, there are great days and not so great days, but overall, teaching is a positive and rewarding experience. I know this is where I am meant to be.