Teaching is a Vocation

11.05.2012

Good evening! I hope you all are having a great start to your week! My week started off a bit rough, but I am reminded why teaching is not a job but rather a vocation.

So I woke up this morning at 5:00 to study anatomy before going to school, which I actually quite enjoyed. With the time change, 5:00 felt like my normal 6:00 mornings. Anyways, I got up, showered, made some toast and coffee. I really enjoy slow mornings like that because I went into school feeling all ready to go. Well within my first hour at school, I heard way too many sad stories of bad choices students make, parents make, and people make in general. Days like today remind me why I chose teaching. I am choosing to teach not because I want to have my summers off, tell kids what to do, or make 150 teenagers suffer through my classes everyday. I am choosing to teach because I hope that I can be at least one person to say good morning, have a good day, good job, and all the other small things that can mean a lot. I hope that my students learn a lot of science and go out into the world as informed individuals, but I mostly just hope that my students learn how to make good choices, find comfort in my classroom, and feel like they matter simply because they are alive.

I have to admit, I had no idea how hard teaching was going to be. I am only there half days right now and I feel quite overwhelmed at the idea of full days. Fortunately, I have a good support system with my cooperating teacher, my roommates, my fiance, my family, and my professors. Have a blessed evening!

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