In light of the video “Everything I love about teaching has Become Extinct” posted by Swati Dixit, I find that I am asking many questions about my choice of career. Why are so many in the profession discouraged to the point of quitting? I realize that there are many challenges like changing technology, standardized tests, and the lack of student engagement, to mention but a few issues.
Today as I taught, I decided to read pioneer stories to the class. I choose individuals who had links to as many of the students as possible. I was really excited to share the stories with my students and I was unable to hide my enthusiasm and excitement with them. As a result, the students were engaged and attentive. I had a great time.
Focus on the positive and don’t dwell on the negative might be the way to go. I know this may seem naive, but with so much negative publicity surrounding the teaching profession, I risk falling into the trap of negativity. I will make an effort to align myself with other likeminded professionals, because I know that I have made the right career choice.