Me: Hi Heather!
Friday, June 08, 2012
Why I Teach
I had a moment this morning. I was dropping off my car insurance payment to State Farm. I was pleasantly greeted, as always, and the following conversation took place:
Me: Hi Heather!
Heather: Hi Dina. Are you enjoying your summer break?
Heather: That's the best part of teaching, right?
Then I left. And I had a pit in my stomach. Why? It's not the best part of teaching! I didn't share that though...
Many people think that summer break is the "best part of teaching" but that is SO NOT TRUE for me. Summer break is nice...I get to reflect on my previous school year, begin preparing for the next year, and enjoy the summer. But it is not the best part of teaching. I usually spend the first few weeks worrying about my students that I know don't look forward to a break from school. For too many kids, summer is not enjoyable because they have tough lives, they aren't cared for, and they don't get to see their friends. School is the fun place. It is safe, secure, there is someone who is ALWAYS glad to see them, it is consistent. After I learn to let go of my students the anticipation of the next group hits me. What will they be like? Who will impact me the most? What great memories will we have in Room 410? Will I do a better job this year?
Nope, I don't teach for the summer break.
I teach because that is what God has called me to do. He has placed a burning passion for kids in my heart. I teach because learning is important. I teach because I can make a difference. I teach because I love it!