Thursday, 4 September 2014

What do you love about teaching?

 What do you love about teaching?

This question can not be answered in one sentence. You see, teaching and I have a very intimate love affair. I am so passionate about teaching that at times it is my obsession. Last night, I tweeted in the ONedchat: 

MariaVerwey1 (@MariaVerwey1)
A6: BALANCE! Teaching is not only my profession sometimes it is my hobby and addiction. I need to know when to say "no" sometimes. #ONedchat
2014-09-03, 7:45 PM

I am so love with teaching it truly is hard to say no. 
What do I love about teaching?
 Let me count the ways

I love the the moment the light and excitement appears in students eyes.
The laughter, connection and stories from children honestly bring me joy.
The struggles, the "I can't"s and "I don't know how", push me to try harder.
The back talk, sweet talk, chit chat, reflective moments and silence.
Teaching is ever changing and never stays the same.
I am my own boss and I set my own timelines, expectations of myself and rise to the occasion.
I am able to be a creative as I want to be, try to be and need to be.
Guiding young people to continue to love learning and to find their passions.
The thrill and the rush of reaching and impacting that one student who doesn't like school, teachers and learning.

I can honestly say that I coulnd't imagine doing anything else that satisfies me the way teaching does. I feel so very lucky to have a JOB that I feel so passionate about. What do I love about teaching?
Maybe it can be summarized with one word after all: 



  1. you have many of the same things that I love about teaching as well!

  2. Maria,

    What a lovely post! Thanks for sharing your passion. I feel like you were a little bit in my head writing this one. In fact, reading this has made it a little trickier for me to write my day 4 post without completely ripping you off!


  3. Love It love it Love it! Such a great post and a true meaning to teaching. We need to have the passion as you have said in order to continue that fantastic drive for learning.

  4. Love this reflection. Maria. I know many teachers who are passionate about their chosen profession could sign off on your declaration. And, I'm thinking as I write this, that there are some things I don't love about teaching. Maybe, it's time to write this up in my writer's notebook.


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