Do what you love – love what you do. It seems like a simple concept. As the first class I ever taught finishes their four years in high school I’m reminded of the real reason I started this job. It makes me happy. Teaching isn’t easy- don’t get into it if that’s what you thought or what someone told you. It is a job only for those who can handle it. The profession will at times wear you down- you may even cry on your second day as you drive into work (I only cried one time… And that’s a real accomplishment). This is a job that can be thankless- it is hated and judged by many. Maybe it’s our own memories surrounding our education that plagues our feelings towards educators.
But I love this job. I love teachable moments. I love the perspective of the world and the naive views that many freshmen begin the year with. I love seeing them go from babies to young adults. I love when they visit me after they have new teachers. Or when they are in college. I have students that are 22 now. And I love that some of them are exactly where I was when I started this profession. And some are looking to become teachers themselves.
So, on the last day of classes, as I said goodbye to so many of my “kids” I was very touched by one letter in particular.
And it doesn’t matter what your profession is- just remember that every day you make a difference in someone’s life… Sometimes you don’t even realize it.
Do you feel appreciated in your job?
What role did teachers/school play in your life?
Aww, that’s really sweet!
I know! She is the most insightful student- so, so, so appreciated this letter. Makes me forget about the challenges. For a little while. 😉
Yes- I was so fortunate to have had this student in particular. She will go on to do something wonderful in the world.
Such a touching letter! You are obviously making a positive impact on a lot of lives 🙂 It has always amazed me how teaching is one of the most important professions yet so under appreciated, not mention how much teachers’ salaries have been scrutinized!
what an incredibly kind letter – how wonderful to know you’re making such a positive impact on the lives of your students 🙂