Teaching isn’t for the faint of heart. This is absolutely a calling to be a teacher. It certainly isn’t for the money, or the notoriety. It isn’t something you do when you can’t be successful at something else.
Teaching is hard core.
Teaching will break your heart a million times. And we’ll keep showing up. Keep trying. Keep pushing. Trying new approaches.
All because we are absolutely called to do this.
There are days, the hard days, where I struggle to teach, because I just don’t see how I can possibly be a success. And by a success, I mean…are my kids really getting it? Are they going to walk out of my classroom and end up being a responsible human being? Am I making a difference?
Because the world, TV, “parents”, video games, the news…it’s all telling our kids, teaching our kids the exact opposite of the values that we try to instill in our kids.
My heart is broken a million times. Yet I keep pushing forward.
Because these kids need me.
And sometimes, often, the kids that break my heart at the ones that need me the most.
But sometimes, I need them too.
Because, amidst the heartbreak and the struggle…there’s that one kid…
One of the kids that I need the most, needs me the most. The kid that struggles to learn, but wants to learn.
But that isn’t just why I need him. Because this same kid that I sit with every single day, that kid is the one that goes out of his way to put a smile on my face.
Every. Single. Day.
Don’t get me wrong, a lot of my kids make me smile and laugh.
But this one kid…this kid is special.