Thursday, July 1, 2010

What's my job?

Do you ever wake up in the morning before work and think to yourself, "I need to find a new job." If you are human the most likely answer is "yes." Should you feel guilty about this feeling? Should you focus on the negative parts of your job, and totally ignore any of the positive parts? I would answer "no" to both of these questions.

As educators we have the luxury of facing a litany of setbacks and struggles. Yes, I said "luxury," and in my honest opinion I would much rather have a job that challenges, pushes, and demands the best of me, than a job that does not test my abilities or my resolve. Every day we get the opportunity to affect and impact the lives of children. This is arguably the most important and crucial piece to our free democratic society. Of course, there will be down days and days we wish we had chosen a different profession. For your sake, for our sake, for the children's sake, do not ignore the struggles associated with education, but rather accept them as a challenge that motivates and pushes you to your limits.

I created this video to motivate and inspire educators at my high school's back to school faculty meeting. I hope it reminds you of why you entered the education profession, as well as the power you hold over the lives you have impacted, and the lives you will impact.

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