Why Do You Teach?
You would assume that if you asked a teacher why they chose this demanding profession, you would expect to hear "for my summers off." Sadly, for a few teachers that is the main reason they chose to be a teacher. For the vast majority of us, we are here for different reasons.
The top 10 reasons to be a teacher according to teaching.com:
1. To Make a Difference
2. Summers Off
3. To Ignite the Fire
4. To Find Success
5. To Be Virtuous
6. To Affect the Future
7. To Be Global
8. To Have Job Security
9. To Be a Good Citizen
10. To Stay Young
Why Do I Teach?
It doesn't take me long to come up with my top 5 reasons why I teach:
1. To make a difference in the lives of my students.
2. To share my love of learning.
3. To be a positive role model.
4. To feel successful.
5. To be a life long learner.
This school year marks #10 for me and as I think back over how different my first year was compared to the last few I wonder if I had to do it all over again if I would still choose to be a teacher.
My reasons would still be the same but those reasons are greatly impacted by the overwhelming daily responsibilities that fall on a teacher's shoulders. On a good week I have about 4 hours of planning time built into my schedule so why do I feel like I'm drowning? I also put in about 12 more hours of my own time before, after and on weekends in any given week. One would think that with all this time spent I wouldn't be drowning. Sadly that time isn't all spent around planning. In order to live up to reasons #1, #4, and #5 a great deal of that time is spent looking at data to figure out what my students really need, to continue to grow as a professional myself to be the best I can be for my students, and to feel like I'm making a difference. Some teachers refuse to put in the extra time, but for me teaching isn't an 8:30 to 4 job like our contract states. I will continue to go the extra mile for my students even if it means I sacrifice a little on reason #10. Lord, knows I've been going in more and more for massages and to color the gray!