Enough rambling. Now to the real nitty gritty of this blog: I am a teacher. It is really the best thing about me (speaking modestly). I love what I do a solid 90% of the time, and the other 10% is dedicated to ranting and venting about what I would like to change about the 90%. All in all, it's a good life. I think teaching is one of the noblest professions. You might think this is a little biased, seeing as how I am one of these noble professionals, but let me tell you a secret: teachers are the best people I know.
I have seen a teacher stay after school for HOURS just to tutor ONE student. ONE. And let me tell you, for that teacher and that one student, it was worth it.
I have seen a teacher take the toughest kid in school and turn him into a gentleman. Was he the top of the class? No. But he was kind and good hearted and dedicated to making her proud, even if meant flipping burgers instead of dealing drugs in the bathroom.
I have seen a teacher make the nerdiest of the nerds feel special. Was she a nerd? Nope. Just a teacher, dedicated to making a difference, no matter who the kid was.
I know what you're thinking: not all teachers fall into this "noblest profession" category. You're right. But I choose (90% of the time at least) to look at the bright side. Teachers make a difference. It doesn't matter if it is big or small. It doesn't matter if the final product doesn't happen in an instant. Teachers make a difference, hopefully for the good, and it matters. Big time. Long term. This is why I say teaching is forever. What we do as teachers is important, not because we are important, but because the lives we impact are.
Unrelated postscript: I promise not every post will be a mini-rant on the awesomeness of teaching. I promise to throw in some good-old-fashioned rants about the kids, fellow teachers, and probably even the laws dictating what I do (even though the law makers are for the most part clueless). I even promise to throw in some thoroughly boring examples of what I taught that day or what I wish I had done differently. The point is, you never know what you might get, so you are reading at your own risk.
Lucky you :-)