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May 26, 2014 I Am a Teacher By Brian Smith
Grades PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8, 9–12

    Any time of the school year has its own set of challenges, but the end of the year brings about lots of paperwork, tearful goodbyes, summer planning, and packing up a classroom. It can be very stressful — those last few days can feel like a full month! When I feel bogged down with endless forms, co-worker drama, and administrative demands, I find it helpful to remember why I chose to teach.

    Here is a list of just some of my reasons:

    I am a teacher because I have a passion for learning.
    I am a teacher because I want to grow lifelong learners.
    I am a teacher because I love Sharpies.
    I am a teacher because I love to laugh and kids are hilarious when free to be themselves.
    I am a teacher because I have many talents, and only teaching allows me to use them all.
    I am a teacher because I survived teachers who made school unbearable, and I want every child to have a positive school experience.
    I am a teacher because I had great teachers who inspired me.
    I am a teacher because I know that a true understanding of life isn't measured on a test, but in the way we treat others.
    I am a teacher because I don't need wealth to make a difference, and making a difference is what makes me happy.
    I am a teacher because I want to share my love of reading with children.
    I am a teacher because I love school pizza.
    I am a teacher because watching a child’s growth from August to May is unlike anything any other profession can offer.
    I am a teacher because although it's far from the perfect job, it's the perfect job for me.

    Staying positive as a teacher can be an uphill battle some days. It can feel like everyone's objective is to make teaching harder than it already is. Keep in mind what inspired you to begin with, and remember the reasons you chose to take on this daunting, wonderful job.

    Truck Driving GameAs a kid, I always knew I would be either a teacher or a truck driver, and after playing the 3D Truck Driving Test app on my iPad, I know I made the correct decision. I sincerely hope that you will leave a comment letting me know why you became a teacher.

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    This is my last post for this school year, and I am so thankful for all the readers out there! Make sure to check out the blog next school year when we talk about Baggie Books and Lego usage and storage. I'll also try to pull off a classroom tour — HGTV-style! I can't wait to see you in August.


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