Respond: What do you love the most about teaching?
This post could either be in the running for the world record for the longest blog entry or it could be the shortest with the single word, “Everything.” Somewhere in the middle will be my list of the top ten things I love about teaching.
Top Ten Things I Love About Teaching
(In no particular order)
- Sharing the love of literature with my students
- Watching students achieve the Aha Moment, also known as the Lightbulb going off when they finally make the connection between content and skill.
- The caterpillar-to-butterfly effect; watching students grow and develop into the future adults they’ll become
- It causes me to push myself to be better; I cannot rest of my laurels. Believe it or not, I really do enjoy attending professional development trainings and taking continuing education courses. I love learning new things, especially if it is something that can help my teaching.
- Working with a group of equally devoted teachings. I can count on my hand the number of teachers who have only been in the classroom to punch the clock, and in my ten years of education experience, I can tell you that they didn’t last more than a year. I am incredibly lucky to have been able to call so many inspiring educators my colleagues.
- Putting my education courses into practice and understanding why certain teaching strategies are effective
- Cheering on my students at extracurricular activities, sporting events, and competitions
- Being in charge. I cannot deny that a little bit of my control-freak gets gratification when I get to decide and plan out the yearly, quarterly, and daily unit plans.
- Students’ energies definitely fuel my own. When I walk into the building with a bit of a gruff or exhausted for a million different reasons, the minute that I hear the first, “Mrs Ferrari, guess what!!” I’m alive.
- My job is never boring. I’m always entertained, inspired, challenged, brought to laughter and delight, and enthused.