Well, truthfully, I don't know that I ever really stop thinking about it completely, even during summer...
But, lately education has been in the news, and not always in a positive way. In addition, I've been catching up on the blogs of some of my friends who also happen to be educators, and it got me pondering...
What is a teacher?
A degree? A certificate? Passing a test?
The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a teacher as "one whose occupation is to instruct," but is that really all?
I think being a teacher encompasses much, much more...
- the countless hours spent in preparation for a new year, a fresh group of students
- the laughter
- the tears
- the worry and frustration
- the personal money invested without much hope of compensation
- the joy of seeing the moment when it just "clicks" with a student
- the pain of seeing a bright future dimmed or lost through poor choices
- the second (and third, and fourth) jobs - just so you can remain in the field you have chosen
This is my list... and it could probably go on... but I'd like to hear what you think being a teacher means, so please add your thoughts below...
And before you go, take a little inspiration that what you do really DOES matter...
(Remember the starfish story.... we may not be able to save every one, but we can make a difference...)