Why I Didn’t Quit Teaching

There is a plethora of articles, posts, tweets, discussions, and comments regarding why teachers leave the profession. Facebook carries daily posts concerning what you can do with an education degree other than being an educator. Negative responses are rampant to “back-to-school” ads. Parents are becoming delighted while teachers are feeling dismayed. Standing outside, looking in, it would appear as if teaching is the worst profession in the world. Standing outside, looking in, it would appear as if teachers are actually miserable and despise their jobs. While this may be true for some (and if that’s you, PLEASE LEAVE THE TEACHING PROFESSION), it’s not true for all.

Teachers who love their job are busy, right now, mentally preparing for the start of the new year, walking the aisles at Walmart, or actually in their classrooms setting up for the new school year. Lovers of teaching have little time to express dismay. Instead, they are preparing for what’s ahead. Here are some of the reasons why these teachers do what they do:

  1. They are walking in their purpose – When you are aligned with purpose, everything falls into place. You are happy in your job, with your family, and with your income. Every need you have is taken care of. You may not have everything you want, but you do have everything you need. You could complain, but you don’t because you know how well you have it. For these teachers, teaching children is not a job, it’s a passion.

  2. They are life-giving and passionate – These teachers genuinely like kids. They enjoy the antics. anticipate the failures, and applaud the successes. They are energetic and enthusiastic. These are the teachers who spend time during summer break being perfectly content improving their skills – taking a class or reading a new resource/technique to improve instruction – BECAUSE THEY WANT TO.

  3.  They seek opportunities to try new approaches in their classroom – These are the teachers who enjoy professional development. They enjoy faculty meetings. They want to learn. They understand their students can only grow as far as their teacher is willing to grow. These teachers rarely use the previous years’ lesson plans verbatim. They may tweak previous lessons, but primarily create from scratch. These teachers are not lazy instructors.

  4. They recognize the importance of the work – These are the teachers who realize the students they teach today are the citizens of tomorrow. They teach each student as if he/she was their own. They establish boundaries for children, always act in the best interest of students, are unafraid of administrators, parents, coworkers. Because they walk in purpose, they recognize they are completely protected. These teachers maintain balance in their lives, recognizing the importance of the work they do for others as well as the necessity to work on themselves, holistically.

  5. They share – These are the teachers who want to see all children succeed, not just the ones in their classroom. That’s why they share instructional activities and resources. They open their doors to anyone who wants to observe, critique, or evaluate. They are not afraid of feedback and actually relish such. They are open to suggestions and will make suggestions to those wanting to receive. They share strategies that work; they share strategies that don’t. These are the teachers who are givers and give freely, expecting nothing in return. These are the teachers who advocate for students.

    While there is a lot of conversation right now about “back to school,” there’s also an EXCITEMENT

    in the air!!!  


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