Educators are Only Human

Flickr photo by wonderlane, CC BY-NC 2.0
Flickr photo by wonderlane, CC BY-NC 2.0

Educators do superhuman jobs, yet are only human.

We struggle with emotions, personal problems, low wages, student behavior, and the heavy burden of educating society with lack of resources.
We continue to give knowing we will receive a lot less in return. It seems we spend most of our careers fighting administrators, educational policy, students, parents, infrastructure, time constraints, and budgets.
However, you manage to do an incredible job day after day, month after month, and year after year.
What makes you continue to fight the fight?
Teachable moments

The struggling student who tells you what a difference you made

The parent who tells you, “I appreciate you!”

The knowledge that you make a difference

The educator you helped mentor

For me, it is all the above, but especially my students. My students are my main source of inspiration and the work they produce makes me proud. I stay motivated by knowing I push my students and they continue to meet the challenges beyond my expectations, while appreciating the journey. This is reward enough and I am looking forward to the upcoming year’s challenges and prepared to continue to fight the fight!

Recall a moment in your career where you saw you made a real difference in a student’s life. Care to share?

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