I always get weird reactions from people whenever I say I am a teacher. Probably because of the way I dress (not the traditional type). Or maybe because I used to be a happy-go-lucky type of girl back then. Some even think I don’t take teaching seriously. But I just laugh it off because I know within the depth of my soul the real essence of teaching. For me, it is not always about how presentable you look, how fluent you speak, how punctual you submit paper works, or how well you explain a Math problem. It is about inspiring children to learn, to excel, to discover, to explore. It is about letting them fail and motivating them to strive for success. It is about inculcating in their hearts and minds the value of life and their roles as individuals. It is about instilling values and humanity. Most importantly, it is about giving a part of yourself to children, a part of you that you can never take back, and touching their lives that they would yearn to make this world a better place.
This excerpt from “Within My Power” by Forest Witcraft always reminds me to live a life full of value — not just being just a good teacher but a great one.
“One hundred years from now
It will not matter
What kind of car I drove
What kind of house I lived in
How much money was in my bank account
Nor what my clothes looked like….
But the world may be a better place because
I was important in the life of a child… “