I thought this would be easy. But now I am struggling. Not because I can't find something to love, but because of the depth of how becoming teacher has changed my life, for the better. I think the favorite is that I have the opportunity to influence students lives and I can make learning a rich and rewarding experience. Teaching Kindergarten means teaching students what school will be like for the rest of their journey. Of course, that is not true. But I have always felt like Kindergarten is where you decide if going to school is a good thing or not. So... learning must be fun and I must lead by example! I must! So making sure that students move to the music and laugh and play and dance and experience a sense of community and enjoy success, that is my responsibility. Implementing those things make me feel like a success. Anytime I feel successful at what I am doing, I feel like I am doing what I was born to do. Somedays are harder than others. That is 100% true. But looking at children and seeing that they are different, happy, well-adjusted makes a difference. And looking at the data and knowing that students made progress and are ready for their next year of school also gives me a feeling of success.
So what I love most is making a difference in students' lives. But it's not the only thing I love. I love to learn and research and dig in and find out about life through lessons and planning. I love sharing my ideas in this blog. I love working with other teachers and having a community of colleagues that I count as part of my life. I love the smell of newly sharpened pencils in the fall! I love it all.
Becoming a teacher has changed my life. There is not one, single thing that I don't love. Well, this will be my first year with standardized testing, so I'm sure I'll have some things that I don't love by the end of the year. Meetings. Staff meetings in particular are not my favorite. I usually enjoy PD.