I have a T shirt that says on it, ‘Teachers; in it for the outcome, not the income.’
Almost all of us know this to be true, otherwise we would be too busy swanking around in our penthouse apartments and feasting on caviar to leave for school each morning. And if this motto is true, as I believe it is, then we had better be sure that the outcome is worth it. Otherwise what is the point?
@headguruteacher 1200 reasons to love my school struck a chord with many of us I’m sure. And who would argue with the statement, “When all is said and done, it’s the students that make it all worthwhile”? Not me. I have lost count of the random moments when a smile has crept across my face remembering an anecdote or an incident affected by one of our brilliant pupils. On one particular occasion, I was driving home and succumbed to an uncontrollable urge to laugh out loud. Several times. In fact these fits came in waves for most of my journey home. And the punch line was an innocent comment made by a Year 6 pupil during the first lesson of the day. I won’t go into details. You had to be there. But my point is that these gems are our raison d’etre.
Teaching is a marvellous, thrilling, soul searching, fun-filled privilege. The opportunity to engage in daily conversations and to build relationships with such interesting young people within the communities of our schools is, in my mind, unbeatable. We ought to tell more people this more of the time because my life has been deeply enriched by teaching over the years. So is the outcome worth it? Absolutely! And thank goodness for that because it looks like it will be some time before I can retire to the penthouse.