Overworked, underpaid, paperwork overload, huge class sizes, piles of marking, too much pressure… overworked, underpaid, paperwork overload, huge class sizes, piles of marking, too much pressure….
These complaints are rife throughout our teaching circles and we hear them all too often.
In all that negativity, it is important to stay positive. It is important to remind ourselves why we chose this profession. And it is important to remind ourselves that we are here for our students.
So how do we reignite our passion for teaching and ensure that our students are at the forefront of our minds?
Remind ourselves why we are here
Finding our joy and purpose in what we do is paramount. As Confucius so wisely said ‘Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to do a day’s work in your life’.
Ask yourself this – what attracted you to work in education in the first place? We all know it wasn’t the money. More often than not, we want to be inspirational and make a difference in our students’ lives. We ultimately want to be someone who has a passion for life, engagement with our subject and our students so that they can achieve to the best of their abilities.
That’s the easy part. The next step is asking yourself what is stopping you from being that person? How will your students remember you in 5, 10 or 20 year’s time?
If you can identify that, you can make the necessary changes and crucially, reconnect with and reignite your passion for teaching.
Be a positive role model
We are role models for the children we work with, sometimes, the most important ones they may ever have. They look to us to learn how to learn, how to behave, how to engage with life and others around them.
If we as teachers lose our passion, our sense of purpose and the balance in what we do, then we also lose the ability to authentically teach our children how they might do that for themselves.
We need to stay positive and true to ourselves in order to give our very best to our learners. What they see you demonstrate, they too will do.
Find our passion outside of school
Having a passion for teaching needs to balance equally with having passions outside of your career too. Find your joy, your bliss, your passion that has nothing at all to do with school. All of us need something to replenish and refresh our minds and bodies for our overall well-being. Keeping ourselves refreshed can be one of the best things we can do for our students and making sure that happens outside of school, is the secret.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget what evenings, weekends and holidays were designed for. Whatever kind of a week you’ve had, shake it off and make sure you have a good weekend. Or a night off. You’ll be much better for it when Monday rolls around again.
It comes down to common sense
All of the above can be described as common sense, but as the saying goes; the trouble with common sense is that it’s not always that common. We know all of this, but we need to remind ourselves to take a step back and assess how we are feeling so that we can ensure our passion for teaching is always burning brightly.