I was listening to a podcast the other day where the speaker was saying that she does her job just to pay her bills. She doesn’t like to talk much about it and tries to forget about it when she is not there at the job.
Then I began to think about how much I talk about teaching. I talk about it with other teachers and people in the education world but I also talk about it with non educators. I have been known to get in a conversation about education while I have been in line at the grocery store or to pay my taxes. I love to talk about my job. In fact, my hubby thinks I would talk to the wall about education if I couldn’t find someone else to listen.
There is no way that I could just leave my job at the door when I leave. It is not easy to turn the teacher mode off like an on or off switch. Many nights I have talked about the problems in the classroom with my husband and he has been able to give me a different perspective which helped me solve many problems. Many times I have discovered ideas for great lessons on the weekends and holidays. When I’m shopping, I may see something that would be a great tool to use in my classroom so my mind is always on alert for these things.
I’m not saying that I let teaching overshadow the other parts of my life. I know that there needs to be balance in my life. I have a wonderful family and exciting hobbies and interests so I don’t get burned out with teaching.
Maybe it is because I love teaching. Maybe the person who just “does the job to pay the bills” doesn’t love her job. I don’t know but I don’t think I want to teach that way. I don’t want someone like that teaching my own children. I don’t even like the thought of someone like that teaching other people’s children.
So, I guess I would recommend that if you feel that way, maybe you need to find another job that you enjoy. I’m not saying that any job will be happy land all of the time but life is too short to feel this way about a career. I think if I felt this way about my job more often than I didn’t, it is time to look elsewhere. I don’t think this attitude will lend itself to a successful career or even a successful life.
Posted on the Successful Teaching Blog by loonyhiker (successfulteaching at gmail dot com).
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