Teaching Tips

Passion or Pay?

So many people always ask… so do you love your job? Or does it just pay well? How do teachers do it?

At first, I found these questions extremely confusing… who on Earth thinks that teaching pays well? haha

But seriously… I find it extremely concerning that sometimes people are in their jobs for the wrong reasons. Teaching is one of those jobs that if you just aren’t passionate about what you are doing, it makes it extremely hard to do your job and do it properly.

So, I guess the question now is… how do you know if you are passionate about teaching?

 

Here are some ways you can tell:

  • The spark and light that comes on a child’s face when they understand what they are learning. If this brings you joy and makes you so happy you want to cry…

 

  • Shopping for school supplies like stationary gets you all giddy and excited

 

  • Decorating your classroom becomes an art project

 

  • All you want is to make a difference in young people’s life

 

If any of these points above raise some feeling inside you and makes you say “YES! I feel all of those things and every single day”, then you are a passionate teacher that should be praised and adored πŸ™‚ You matter! I know it sounds silly… but not all of us are like that and not all of us feel this sort of passion.

Why does being a passionate teacher matter you ask?

WELL these are some reasons why!

 

“Teachers who are passionate about making a difference are more likely to make a difference.”

John Hattie
Being a teacher who is passionate and cares about making a difference WILL make a difference in not only the lives of their students, but also the lives of your colleagues and parents. Don’t give up! Every little thing you do in your classroom and for your students does make a difference.

 

“Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.”

Martin Luther King, Jr.
Every day we sacrifice a little bit more of our own time, struggle through trying to teach the content to an extent that all students can understand, as well as try and find time for ourselves. Everything we do is worth the time, effort and stress. Our passion and love for teaching is displayed through these acts and eventually shows progress/growth.

 

“Follow what you are genuinely passionate about and let that guide you to your destination.”

Diane Sawyer
You being passionate about your teaching and your students learning gives your students a reason to care and be passionate as well! Having this outlook allows you to make teaching and learning not only fun for yourself, but for your students as well.

 

I don’t know about you… but I would rather be the most passionate teacher and give my students, colleagues and school community everything I have! Because at the end of the day that is what matters πŸ™‚

What do you think?

 

Love Mel xx

I am a new educator in my second year of teaching. I have worked with children for five years prior to this in an after school care. I absolutely love teaching and the importance of this career. I believe that every student should be immersed in a safe, supportive, calm environment to aid them in achieving the best outcomes they possibly can!

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