Why I Still Teach
Short and simple - because I just gotta. I fully acknowledge that was poor grammar. But that sums it up. I can't help it. It's in my blood and it's what I do.
I will admit that it has been years since I was a classroom educator. I'm now in the business of education, but I still feel the pull and the yearning to teach. Most of the time it's my daughter that has to suffer through the "teachable moments" I unleash upon her at random. Last week we were walking down a driveway to the car, and I noticed little ripple marks in the sand that had collected in the street gutter. I stopped her and felt compelled to explain how she could tell the direction and velocity of the water flow by observing the characteristics of the little mini sand dunes. Of course my brilliant (in my mind) explanation was met with the rolling of eyes and the comment, "Mom, it's sand in the street."
One of the biggest joys of my job is that I have still have the opportunity to teach - it would kill me if I couldn't. I can't just sit behind a desk all the time. With some of our Professional Development series of workshops and courses, I have the privilege of leading and instructing in them. And sometimes even our CEO rolls up his sleeves and jumps into the mix. The camaraderie and connecting with other educators feeds our souls. It's also the best way to get immediate feedback on what works well and what can be improved to best benefit teachers and students.
Most people are not fortunate enough to be defined by what they do. But if you are an educator and tell people what you do, they automatically know much about you. You are inquisitive and passionate about what you know and want to share it with others. You want to make the world a better place by passing along your knowledge and skills to people. And you are dedicated and hard working. Those are wonderful qualities of which to be very proud.
So I take great pride in calling myself an educator. I'm in a special club with millions of incredible and talented professionals. And I am thankful each day to work for a company that is so fully committed to serving the needs of fellow educators and their students.