How I Give My Soul Away
I am a high school English teacher. I do hard work that needs to be done. Society needs teachers to equip everyone with the necessary skills to live productive lives. In order for the U.S. economy to improve, more people need to have higher skills to thrive in an evolving global climate.
It's a career filled with complicated politics and various frustrations. Even though about half of my students are good, every day I deal with students who have emotional issues, low self confidence and/or self esteem, and have academic skills well below their grade level. For these students, their futures aren't optimistic; working to change this is tiring.
Caring is tiring. The more I care, the more tired I get. The more I want my students to succeed, the more effort I put in to my lesson plans, execution of the lesson, and the daily interactions with my students. My hope is that at the end of the day, my students leave the classroom better people. Hopefully they learned more about English Language Arts and how it relates to the world around them. Maybe they absorbed some of my wisdom (I try my best to be a role model for them). If they did, it would make leaving the work day physically, emotionally, and spiritually drained totally worth it.
Every day I give my best for my students so that they can take a piece home with them.