Every year, after Spring break hits, the atmosphere in school seems to change. Teachers are trying to make sure they have hit all of their standards and checkpoints, students are ready for summer ( since they had a glimpse of a break), and schools are getting ready for the final countdown. It’s usually at this time of year that I re-evaluate my “why”. I ask myself questions like,
Why do you choose the things you do?
Why do you choose to teach everyday?
Every teacher has an individual WHY – a purpose for what they do; and that purpose often changes over time. When I first began teaching, I wanted to help those students who were struggling with learning, and find ways to help them become their best. I was told by people who believed in me that I was good with kids. Now, my purpose is still to find ways to help all children grow as individuals, but now, it has evolved, into how I can empower them to follow their own purpose and their own passions. I teach some of the younger students in our world. I believe its my job to encourage them to follow their passions, and believe they can do anything they put their mind and their heart into. If I start empowering them to ask questions and wonder why, and investigate things they want to know more about, they will have those skills in the future to help them on their quest for learning.
I’ve watched Simon Sinek’s Ted talk about Finding your Why a few times, and it has been a way to help me clarify why I teach, and why I do the things I do. He says, “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it.” We are finding out why we want to become better learners, and sharing things we wonder about, and these curiosities are helping to shape us as learners. So, everyday, in our classroom, we are on a quest to do our best and learn from our mistakes along the way. Some days, it takes us to new places, and other days we reflect on what went well, and what we can improve next time.
Here is the Golden circle – Start with your why, then tell how you will get there, an what you will do.
Start by finding your why.