Why do teachers teach? What makes us get 4-year degrees, Masters Degrees, Educational Specialist degrees when we know we won’t be paying them back in a timely manner. We don’t negotiate raises or threaten to leave systems unless they pay us more (usually), and we certainly know we won’t be getting rich.
I heard someone say in a meeting today, “I just want to teach a little “(subject)” and get on with my life. And this totally blew my mind. I love literature; I am grateful I teach literature to teenagers; I even love writing. BUT when I wake up in the morning my goal isn’t really to just teach a “little reading” and get on with my (real) life. Don’t misunderstand… I teach my Common Core State Standards and I am thoroughly ecstatic when my children “get” what theme is & understand the subtleties of character…. but my purpose is not theme or characterization or complete sentences. MY purpose is helping
My purpose is to give my kids a future and a purpose.
Lesson for me:
1. If you generally love dogs/cats more than people…. don’t teach.
2. If you want to be rich… don’t teach.
3. If you want to have a name/title… don’t teach.
4. If you want to create a better future… TEACH!
Why are you (not) teaching?