Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I love being an educator because...

My previous post detailed how my decision to become an educator wasn't based on the typical reasons one would expect from a passionate educator. It was great to read Jennifer Houlett's #blogchallenge post about how she always wanted to be an educator. It's awesome to see this type of enthusiasm from the beginning.

Although I came into the profession for different reasons, as I have grown personally and professionally over the years, I've developed a strong sense of purpose about the work of creating the most dynamic, empowering, and life-changing environments possible for student learning. I have grown in my passion and in my commitment to help others be successful.

When a person develops a passion and purpose for his or her work, it no longer becomes work at all. Fellow #MOedchat moderator Ted Huff made this clear in his #blogchallenge post. It is truly a privilege to be an educator and have the opportunity to work alongside forward-thinking, difference-making people every single day.

So I love being an educator because...
  • It's great to be in a profession that has a legacy of changed lives and building dreams.
  • We get to take risks and try new things and teach our students to be lifelong learners.
  • I get to share in all the successes and celebrations of our students and school.
  • I am surrounded by rock stars everyday. I am constantly amazed at the talents and contributions of students, teachers, counselors, support staff, and our entire awesome community.
  • Educators care about one another and care about kids!
  • It's great to have a sense of community and feel like we are all pulling in the same direction.
  • Our work has significance! We are part of something BIG, much larger than ourselves.
  • We get to have FUN! When students and teachers are smiling, there is more learning.
  • Teachers are super heroes!
  • It's challenging work! We have to be problem-solvers and find success even in impossible situations.
  • Parents entrust me with their most valuable asset, their kids.
As you think about why you love being an educator, I would encourage you to watch these videos. They inspired me to think about my purpose and why my life's work is important.




Two questions that can change your life from Daniel Pink on Vimeo.



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