I recently had the opportunity to write an article about why I love teaching for the Learning Matters blog. If I had written this before my “break” as an administrator I would likely have said that I loved teaching because I felt like I made a difference. After having had that time away I found that my explanation of why I teach was much more emotional than I thought it would be. Below is an excerpt from the piece:
I went back to the classroom a little over 10 weeks ago — because I love teaching. For the two and a half years before that, I provided support and supervision to 16 classrooms in our Head Start program. It was responsibility without immediacy. Each day I would see the interactions teachers were having in their classrooms and I would feel like an artist walking into someone else’s studio. As an administrator I could see the result of learning but never the beauty of it. I realized, through talking to children and their passionate teachers, that I missed creating learning more than I could bear. I also missed the huge responsibility of teaching children like Daniel.