A couple of weeks ago I challenged you to stop and think about your “why”. I encouraged you to think about why you teach, why you do what you do. I wanted to lay that challenge out without giving “answers” or examples. My hope was that you would take some time to watch the wonderful Simon Sinek video and stop to go through the exercise I suggested.
This week I want to share the results I came up with as I went through this process. One thing I want to add before I share my results is that I believe that these are ever-changing results. I know that when I started teaching, this list would’ve been very different from today. Even just a few years ago these answers would’ve been extremely varied. I’m confident that as I learn more and grow as an educator, my reasons “why” will change as well. There are no right answers and no wrong answers…
Why I’m an educator:
I hope that everyone in the world can achieve a curiosity and passion for learning; this is how the world will be made a better place.
There’s nothing better than the moment a child realizes they “can do it”, discovering capabilities and finding never before seen confidence is beautiful.
I hope that I can inspire students to be nice and work hard; these two qualities have never failed anyone.
I absolutely love helping someone who feels hopeless or unable; showing them that they “can” or even that they “might be able to” is amazing.
By influencing young people I hope to help the next generation to be better off than mine or any that came before.
How I educate:
I focus on the whole-child; often times looking straight past the classroom and academics to “who the student is inside”.
I am unrelenting in holding students to high standards.
I face challenges with courage, daring to say things people don’t necessarily want to hear when necessary.
I listen, contemplate and evaluate new ideas, opinions and information.
I hold myself accountable to high standards and continuously re-evaluate my values and goals.
I work to establish positive relationships, learn about the people around me and use this knowledge to help people reach high levels of success.
I challenge the status quo.
What I teach:
I teach social-emotional skills.
I teach passion and courage.
I teach curiosity and persistence.
I teach kindness.
I teach courage.
I encourage all of this in others.
There you have it, my reasons “why” as of today. These may change and some may be missing but at the end of the day, going through this process has centered my focus back to “why I do” instead of “how/what” I do.
I hope you’ve given this a try already but if you haven’t please do so!