You started this profession with the greatest of intents. Changing the world, helping kids, and connecting with our communities were many of the noble goals you had when you first became a teacher. For you, it was all about helping people. Helping people grow and being a part of the goodness that comes with serving others.
Educators all have this innate ability and desire to help people, but many of our hearts harden over time in the business of education. We become overworked, underpaid, unappreciated, and not supported, which cause our joyfulness for teaching to fade.
You see, we often confuse our joy in teaching with our happiness. It’s the unhappy moments we experience throughout our career that harden our hearts and make us forget the joy that we have of serving others. Remember something here, you did not lose your joy for teaching. It’s still there, somewhere. You just experienced a lot of unhappy moments. We have too many teachers leaving the profession because they think their joy is lost due to not experiencing consistent happiness in their work.
Don’t let the moments of unhappiness take away the joy you have as a teacher. Yes, there are those times for many different reasons you are not happy with your specific situation but remember who and what you are here for. There is a higher purpose in your educational service. You can still experience joyfulness for the profession that we value so highly.
Become a teacher.
Continue to teach.
Comeback to teaching.
Have a joyful and happy new year everyone!