How do we maintain our passion for teaching in the face of so much change?
My passion for teaching was not evident to me when I graduated in 2001. I was certain I did not want to teach then. I followed a dream to one day have my own business. After 5 years of business and training employees I realized my passion was not in the food industry but in the teaching others a skill. I loved working with new employees that wanted to learn. Since then I find my self in similar setting. I notice that my passion for teaching is ignited when I have students that genuinely want to learn and participate in their own learning.
I liked what the author had to say about the fact that we are not passionate about all subjects and that we can use our other passions in place. I like to maintain my passion for planning by going to professional development conferences. I get many new ideas as well as twists on old ideas that have been beneficial. I also have found passion in conversations with other teachers and administration. I am a very competitive person so when I am struggling with something I look for solutions and the conversations with other teachers fuels that passion for trying new approaches.
Another way I maintain my passion I will be honest is my breaks. I love that I can take some time from my job and then come back rejuvenated.
There is always change in every field of work. I try to not be bothered by it as much as I can because it is going to happen. Complaining or worrying about change is not going to stop it so I try to go with it and work with it or around it depending on the situation. Each year it seems there is a new methods or a new focus. This year for us there is new administration. In the past two years we finished different trainings on how to meet the needs of all students. Certain curriculum doesn’t allow for this differentiation and we have been told to use this with fidelity to get better data. Some feel that it is a step backward but no matter that is not my decision and I have to find a way to teach with it. This has become a bit of a personal challenge. I have used my passion for competition to implement the program as prescribed and still reach the needs of my students. I am guessing next year there will be a different focus and that will be the next challenge.