The topic presented by @TeachThought for Day 4 was: What do you love the most about teaching?
This question always makes me really think for a second. I know there is one expected answer, but I also know what my real answer is. Sometimes, I feel like a bad person, because I don’t always just answer the way a teacher is supposed to. However, I just really feel like the right answer isn’t always right for me!
Ok, I really hope you are thinking, “Just tell me what you are thinking of!” If you are thinking that, I accomplished my goal. I was trying to use one of Dave Burgess’s hooks – The Teaser Hook. Its where you present the information in a way that just gets students (or readers) to keep listening (or reading) just to figure out the ending.
Now I’ll keep going with my discussion of the answer to the question, “What do you love most about teaching?” Most teachers will say, “the students”. That’s the right answer, the expected answer, what teachers are supposed to say. However, I can’t agree with that. While I do love my students, and make deep connections with them, I don’t think that’s why I come to work every day. Honestly, the thing I love most about my job, about teaching, is knowing that I’m getting to share my content with those students. If my job were to purely just “hang-out” with these kids all day, I don’t know how much I would enjoy it. Now, I can’t say that there aren’t days where I wish I would just sit and chat with them all class, but I wouldn’t want to do it all day, every day. Without my content, I don’t feel like I’m contributing to the lives of my students, the community I live in, and the world! With my content, I feel like I can change my students’ lives, create citizens of a community that are able to problem solve and think critically, and maybe even motivate the next Einstein to change the world.
I LOVE sharing my love of science with students. The students themselves are great, and wonderful, and motivating, and the whole reason I have a job. But science is why I get up every morning. I want to share science. Through my content, I feel like I can do so much, and that’s what I really love.
What do you love about teaching? Comment below!