"You're going into teaching? Why on earth would you do that?" You see, there are many perks to the profession. Now, many people may not see being in charge of 20+ students as their idea of "fun," but teachers beg to differ. Don't get me wrong, there are many days that can be challenging, if not heartbreaking, but it's all part of the gig. I know things aren't the greatest right now for teachers, but no matter what condition the educational system is in right now, there is always going to be a need for teachers. Most teachers feel passionate about teaching children new things and they really want to make a difference in their students' lives. As teachers, we want to bring smiles to students' faces and add knowledge to their minds. We truly care for them and want to have them care for one another.
Right now, I want you to think of your favorite teacher. What was their name? What made them special? What made them great educators? Was there a specific lesson you remember them teaching? As a teacher myself, I strive to be one of those memorable educators and I think that's something all teachers dream of being. We know that we aren't going to touch the lives of every student that comes into our classroom as much as we'd like to, but if we can build that connection with a handful of students, or even just one—we know that we went into the right profession.
How does one spot a teacher or know that they are a true teacher at heart? Well, that's what this list is for. Enjoy.
1. You're Constantly Building Your Classroom Library.
That's right. You definitely hit up those garage sales that are practically giving children's/YA books away. 25 cents for two books? Take my money! You don't just buy them either, you are avid readers of them as well. (Yes, even the Twilight series when it was popular...)
2. Pinterest. Pinterest. And More Pinterest.
You thought we would have run out of room to pin stuff on our wall, but think again. Lesson plans, room decorations, crafts, games, snacks, etc. You name it and we've probably pinned it. No shame. No regrets.