“What has inspired you to become a teacher?”
Before I delve into my personal history and self-exploration, I want to encourage you all to revisit the question of “what motivates you to teach?” Often this question is addressed as we walk in our classroom on our first day as a teacher and then gets forgotten as we throw ourselves into the hustle and bustle of the so called teacher life. Every once in a while, revisiting this question could provide a boost in morale, a sense of renewed energy and passion for the joys of teaching that clearly outweigh the days that put us at risk for premature balding.
This is going to be a short post because it is not about me and what motivates me, but its about you taking a minute and honestly answering the question of: “What is my inspiration?” “Why am I a teacher?” “What motivates me?” In addition, I encourage you all to share your answers with us!
These thoughts are part of my daily musings as I recently lost my grandmother who was an incredible woman with a strong passion for education. Education gave her the chance to be an intelligent, resilient and independent woman. One of many wonderful attributes was my grandmother’s skill of story telling, I remember hearing stories of her students and her classroom; but the most vivid memories I have were how her eyes lit up as she relived her moments as a teacher. Unfortunately, my grandmother lived a hard life but she continuously found moments of sanctuary in education. Since she has passed, I find myself reflecting on how strong her love for learning must have been to endure the hardships of teaching along with the struggles she experienced at home. I also find myself hoping that I have inherited her strength and passion. Each day was a new lesson to her and she never wanted to stop learning
One thing about education, regardless of age, is that the source of inspiration can come from anything and anyone. Reflecting on my own source(s) of inspiration has sparked a desire to create that for the future generation. The biggest lesson anyone can share is that we are never done learning. As my dad says “there are no failures in life, you either win or learn.” Which brings me to the title of this blog: “Teachers Today, Students Forever.” While we spend our days sharing our wealth of knowledge with our students, there are many lessons to be learned in and outside of the classroom. In fact, our students can teach us some of the best lessons if we just pay attention. I am committed to spending the rest of my life as a student and I invite you all to join me. The possibilities are endless.
“Wisdom is not a product of school but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”