The Wonders Of Teaching

I've been teaching for about 33 years now. There is no question that teaching is incredibly demanding, exhausting and at times, demoralising. I am writing and sharing this blog to encourage readers to remain positive about teaching.

There's a lot I love about being a teacher. Teaching is one of those rare professions that keeps your brain young, allowing you to continue your own journey as a student and a lifelong learner. We as educators speak often about creating lifelong learners, but if we aren't buying into it ourselves, then our students don't stand a chance.
Michelle Pfeiffer once said that being an actor allows her, with every new character, to learn something new, immersing herself in a distinct universe with each project. Being a teacher is that and so much more.
Each school year brings new people into your life. Each unit and lesson brings new perspectives. Each failure, when looked at formatively, can help you solve new problems. Each success, when used reflectively, can be even greater the next time.
Classrooms are a fascinating place in which to work. They are detailed, delicate and delightful; full of character, emotion, sound and sometimes even smell! Love your students. Every single one of them, and know this; there is no such thing as a bad person, only an affected person. We come into teaching knowing that we can make a difference to the lives of all students. There will be challenges. There will be times when the toughest students make teaching impossible, but know that it doesn’t last forever.
We can’t do it all, and we will need help; but what we can do, is that we must love every child.

And now, technology provides numerous tools that teachers can use in and out of the classroom to enhance student learning. So..stand up, change yourself from the old traditional teacher to a super teacher with many wonders.


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