So, why did you become a teacher ?
Did you know from an early age, or was it after trying a few other professions ?
Was there was a specific moment or experience that carved your path ?
I became a teacher because I believe teachers can make an impact.
BUT, what impact do we have ?
I think this is part of what I was getting at when I asked my PLN “Do you share your values in the classroom“. Shortly after that post I presented at RSCON3 and talked about how I share values in class. Finally I posted the results of a survey demonstrating how 99/100 of you share values in your classrooms as well (survey results and recording).
I think about my impact on the world often, honestly, sometimes too often. To feel centered about it, I started volunteering in relief organizations during my teens. In college I led two different volunteer groups, one that brought hundreds of students to weekly soup kitchens, as well as building for Habitat for Humanity in our small town in Indiana.
I look back on that time and feel good, and yet, I’ve fallen away from it, caught up in “my own projects”. My new year’s resolution (a month early) is to get back to weekly volunteering, and I think it’ll be tutoring a student in my area.
I’m also proud to be a part of a company that’s thinking about how they can impact the world. Last week, a team member at Edulang introduced us all to Room to Read. I invite you to see the magic of what that organization has done over the past decade. Our team at Edulang is now wondering how we can rearrange the way we do things so that we can contribute as well.
How about you ?
Tell us why you became a teacher and if it’s anything like my motivations.
Share a story, an organization, a cause that inspires you.
I look forward to hearing from you !