Monday, January 13, 2014

I'm a Teacher Because...

Recently, there has been a surplus of blog posts and articles detailing how hard it is to be a teacher. It's true, it's hard and it seems that no one is on our side. However, there's a reason we all became teachers. There's a reason that we all are still teaching.

I'm a teacher because of the moment when you see a light bulb go off above a students' head and that student feels the need to yell "BOOYA" at the top of his lungs.

I'm a teacher because I couldn't decide between being a nurse, social worker, psychologist, parent, comedian, or a police officer, so I became them all.

I'm a teacher because I want to be a lifelong learner. Kids ask the hardest questions and will challenge you to find the answers!

I'm a teacher because my coworkers are the best support system in the world!

I'm a teacher because laughter is the best medicine. I can't go a day without laughing at something ridiculous.

I'm a teacher because hugs and high fives can solve any problem. We celebrate "High Five or Hug Friday" and every student must give me one or the other. The boys all started the year with only giving me a high five. Slowly but surely, each one on their own started giving me a hug. Now I get high fives AND hugs from 22 students every Friday. This is in addition to the hugs that I give to stop tears, the hugs that students give to apologize, the hugs that we give to congratulate or say hello.

I'm a teacher because everyday is a new start and you never know what you're going to get.

I'm a teacher because if I don't care, who will? Students come to us fighting every label that could possibly be placed on them. Homeless, abused, learning disabled, behavior problem, single parent, foster child, lapse in schooling, sick, emotional disorder, injured, adopted, the list goes on. Somebody has to fight for them.

I'm a teacher because no matter what others say, I MAKE A DIFFERENCE.


So, all you crazy people out there who still choose to be teachers, why are you a teacher?

9 comments:

  1. I love love love this :) I may only teach part-time in the HS and be a non-formal teacher outside of the school system, but I can relate to all of this. Love you for being so good at your job!

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    1. Thanks Rachie! Amount of time doesn't matter, we all make a difference! I'm sure your high schoolers love and appreciate you. :)

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  3. I love Taylor Mali's poem "What Teachers Make". If you haven't seem him perform it live check it out!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxsOVK4syxU

    Lindsey
    The Journey of a Beginning Teacher

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    1. This is my absolute favorite spoken word piece! It always puts a smile on my face. Thanks for reminding me of it!

      Liz

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  4. I love it! Thanks for reminding me why I do this.
    Jennifer
    Love Teaching Kids

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    1. Love that we have the same blogging brain! Glad we can share some positivity. :)

      Liz

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  5. Wow! What great wisdom in your words! I need to print this off for myself and my peers. It is difficult being a teacher these days though. We have to continue to encourage each other and remind each other it's for the children. I'm a fellow NC teacher/blogger, so I understand!
    Dirt Road Teacher

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  6. Thanks for your kind words! The politics seem to be driving everyone crazy this year. We'll make it through though! I'm heading over to follow you, NC bloggers have to stick together. :)

    Liz

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