I Became a Teacher Because… #SOL18

db4de-slice-of-life_individualAs a brain drainer [ an activity for defocus to refocus!] last week I posed the question:

Why did you become a teacher?

At this point in the school year we all get so overwhelmed with all the tasks being thrown at us. I find it best to start at the beginning when I am feeling overwhelmed. I have been thinking about this question myself. When I first started, why did I become a teacher in the first place.

“People don’t buy what you do; they buy why you do it. And what you do simply proves what you believe”

― Simon SinekStart with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

I often turn to this quote when I start to question if I am making a difference.

I loved school growing up. I played school at home. Later I wanted to be the teacher of reading and writing that I did not have when I was in school.

I believe in reading.

I believe it is the gateway to everything else.

The world makes more sense to a reader.

I want to help create lifelong learners – not because it sounds good in an interview, but because I truly believe it with everything I have.

Why did you become a teacher?

My teachers filled out their answers on a bright orange post-it note and they are all hanging proudly on an anchor chart in my office. I find myself wandering over there and rereading them a couple times a day. I continue to support them as a coach. Some days it is reminding them about the few sentences of writing on an orange post it. It can make all the difference.


6 thoughts on “I Became a Teacher Because… #SOL18

  1. You sound like an amazing inspiration in your building and you’ve definitely inspired me today! I think you just gave me my next slice idea (especially after returning to school after Spring Break today–even with good intentions and goals, I definitely need to spend some time reflecting on my why). Thanks for sharing this part of your teaching journey!

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  2. Wow – your question certainly is a brain drainer. Like you, I love to read and I want everyone to love books as much as I do. Now I know that I’m teaching to help students dislike reading less 🙂 . Whatever works!


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