How do we maintain our passion for teaching in the face of so much change?
I have only been in teaching for a short of time so my passion for teaching is fresh and new. Don’t get me wrong there have been days when I wanted to scream and run for the classroom or building but my students are what keep me going.
I have always wanted to be a teacher. When in elementary school my friends and I use to play school. We all took turns being the teacher, principal and students. We loved every minute of it, we all wanted to be Mrs. Titus. Mrs. Titus became my teacher when I was in first grade and stayed my teacher until I moved into 6th grade. We learned our multiplication table by singing and listening to rap song, rapping multiplication. She was a teacher that was a live and was so happy to see us every day. We took adventures in her classroom all around the world, we had teddy bear day, we had classroom competitions, and we did plays for the community and much more. I want to be just like her.
Throughout my junior high and high school years I had a number of different teachers, some great and some not so great. It was my sophomore year in MEHS that I wanted to become a high school science teacher. I had two of the greatest science teachers in the world. I can recall almost all the labs we did in my biology and marine biology class. I was sold. Their passion for teaching us science was over the top. At times I thought they were crazy and I wanted to be just like them.
Dave Burgess writes, “Our students need leaders who are willing to venture forward without a clear map to explore new frontiers. We need mavericks and renegades who are willing to use unorthodox tactics to spark and kindle the flame of creativity and imagination in the minds of the young. We need entrepreneurial innovators who are capable of captaining the educational ship through waters that are rough and constantly changing.” (104) This quote right here reminds me of those teachers that I looked up too. This is the type of teach I work to become.
While obtaining my teacher certificate, in one of my classes we had to write our personal mission statement, in mine I wrote about creating a safe environment and sharing my passion for learning with my students. Sherah B. Carr, Ph.D. writes, “It is my belief that before a person should enter the teaching profession they must first have a love of learning and be willing to share this passion with students. They need to truly enjoy working with a particular age group of children. They must possess a core set of beliefs that all children deserve respect and a chance to have a better life through the gift of learning. They must furthermore understand that is the responsibility of the teacher to be a child advocate. Teachers must have an understanding of the need to provide a learning environment where children feel safe, respected and challenged. “ (http://www.teachingwithpurpose.com) Today I feel like I am doing all of this and more for my students, with room to grow though. We all have are struggles, don’t get me wrong. I am not wonder woman just a teacher that is passionate about her career.
My passion is kept alive because of my passionate teachers throughout school, my passion for learning, the joy I get from being challenged everyday to become better, the joy I receive from my students and much more. Parker J. Palmers says it like this, “Teaching holds a mirror to the soul. If I am willing to look in that mirror, and not run from what I see, I have a chance to gain self-knowledge—and knowing myself is as crucial to good teaching as knowing my students and my subject. When I do not know myself, I cannot know who my students are. I will see them through a glass darkly, in the shadows of my unexamined life—and when I cannot see them clearly I cannot teach them well. When I do not know myself, I cannot know my subject—not at the deepest levels of embodied, personal meaning. I will know it only abstractly, from a distance, a congeries of concepts as far removed from the world as I am from personal truth.” (Heart of a teacher)
Change is happening everyday. One day I am told I have to follow this protocol or teach this subject or deal with this situation and the next day it is totally different. I say, “Teach each day as if it were your last, make each day count, and remember why you became a teacher in the first place.”
Burgess, D. (2012). Teach like a pirate. San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.
Carr, Sherah B. Ph.D. Teaching with passion. www.teachingwithpurpose.com/passion.html Revised 03/29/2011
Palmer, Parker J. Heart of a teacher. Change Magazine, Vol. 29, Issue #6, pp. 14-21, Nov/Dec 1997. Reprinted with Permission of the Helen Dwight Reid Educational Foundation. Published by Heldref Publications, 1319 18th St. N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036-1802, 1-800-365-9753, Copyright 1997. http://www.couragerenewal.org/parker/writings/heart-of-a-teacher
~Passion for skin sewing ~
This young lady is making rabbit mittens for herself. First time sewer!