“Why do you want to be a teacher? There are absolutely no teaching jobs right now..”
“I’m sure you’re just teaching to get summers off!”
“The pay and benefits are so amazing, I don’t blame you for wanting to be a teacher”
No, I don’t want to teach just because I get summers off and really great benefits. And yes, I realize that teaching jobs are difficult to come by these days. But before you judge me for what I want to pursue in life. Maybe you need to check yourself and reflect on your own life decisions. So, ‘let me break it down for you…’
I want to be a teacher because it’s a goal of mine to make a difference in a child’s life. I want to teach kids how to be the best person they can be. I love watching my students discover new things and witnessing that ‘lightbulb’ moment when they begin to understand something they didn’t before. I want to strive to give my students a positive school experience where they can push their limits and prove to themselves that they can do anything they put their minds too. I want to be an educator who is a life long learner. I want my students to teach me new things and pose thought provoking questions, allowing me to dig deeper and provide them with the answers. I desire a career where I can laugh/smile every day and enjoy the little experiences with my students. And most importantly, I want to inspire the kids I teach to follow their hearts and pursue their dreams and not let anyone tear them down for it!
A poem by teacher, Taylor Mali inspired this blog post and made me want to stand up for myself and every other passionate teacher who deals with judgement from others. Fight for what you believe in. Share with everyone all the amazing hard work you do to ensure your students succeed.
Because at the end of the day, we truly do make a difference. Do you?
(Shout out to Rebecca for sharing this video with me!)