I love being a teacher in a school. There is nothing else that I want to be doing at this point in my life. This does not mean that I enjoy every aspect of my job. There are certainly aspects that I could do without, but the positives far outweigh the negatives for me. This is my dream job. It has always struck me as remarkable and fortuitous that I am paid to do a job where I get to have so much fun.
But it’s not just the joy of teaching your subject specialism– you can do all kinds of other things: play in the orchestra, watch or direct a drama production, go on school trips around the continent and around the world, coach a sports team; get involved in debates; set up a club where students help you do something you want to do. And so on. What other job is like that, affording so many opportunities to engage in your passions and to share them with other people.
You must be thick skinned, hard working, diligent, flexible, and creative to be a good teacher. It is not a job for just anyone. There are days that I question my decision to become a teacher. However, I always bounce back knowing that the reasons I love being a teacher are more powerful than the reasons I hate it. With the teacher’s day celebration this month, it’s the perfect time for us to recognize (and remind ourselves) why we absolutely love what we do.
Please share why you love teaching (that is, if you are a teacher).