Last month, there was a great initiative to spread positive messages about the passion that keeps educators in their profession. I've been trying to keep up with and participate in the #EduLS challenges this spring. In challenge 6, we were asked to reflect on the reasons we love teaching and share one reason daily for the week leading up to Valentine's Day.
Since it is now March, I clearly missed the week of sharing. I wanted to participate anyway, because "better late than never" - right?
I LOVE that every day I have a chance to be reminded of my love of learning, while watching and encouraging young hearts to do so, too. I have a chance to learn something new daily. I get to challenge myself and my own thinking, knowledge, and beliefs.
I LOVE when your students are so excited to share their lives with you that at 7 A.M. they flood your classroom bursting with stories. (I can almost hear the "Oh my gosh, Ms. K..." in my head as I type this)
I LOVE teaching allows me to work with and learn from others. I love the network of teachers I connect and share with, and I love that there so many passionate professionals that care about what we do.
I LOVE when students remind me that it is safe to try, to fail, and try again. As adults we sometimes lose our fearlessness, but children explore and discover the world with a curiosity and fearlessness that we should hope would never stop.
I LOVE that when I think about my last few years of work, I don't remember the meetings, the papers, the frustrations, but instead my heart feels full, my eyes blur, and I smile.
I LOVE that in my career, I get to experience true human emotions. We laugh, cry, worry, hope, dream, and connect with children on a daily basis.
I LOVE that children find it in their heart to be compassinate, show empathy, and believe in the goodness that humankind can be.
I LOVE that I love my job. I love that I don't dread the new school year, the morning back from break, or the extended hours locked inside due to snow. Sometimes I allow myself to fall into the trap of staff room moans, but secretly I cannot wait to be at work with my students.
Based in Doha currently, I am a technology-advocating learning junkie.