Why I am Grateful to be a Teacher Even In the Midst of a Pandemic

Gratitude is one of the most powerful mindsets we can choose to have, that will cultivate positivity. It is a complex feeling because it encompasses the simultaneous processes of being thankful, mindful and humble.

Teaching is not a bed of roses, or maybe it is… it can be as sweet as the smell of a rose and as painful as its thorns. When tough times unfold: whether it’s because of external circumstances which are out of your control such as a pandemic, your health, financial pressure etc. or whether it’s internal school issues that make you shift to a negative mindset; it is imperative that we shift focus to the positive.

I know that it is so much easier said than done, but at least if it’s somewhere in the back of your mind then you will most likely be able to make that positive mind shift faster.

We might sometimes need a little help from a friend, a blog post or maybe a senior leader to shift our focus on to genuine positives, and that’s ok.

Those of you who know me personally, know how much I love my job. With this love in mind, I am going to share with ten reasons why I am grateful to be a teacher. I hope to help you shift to a positive mindset whilst still trying to be keep it real.

1. Purpose

Everyone needs a purpose in life and we as teacher have a clear, defined purpose each and every day, to best cater for our pupils for an even better tomorrow.

2. Success

From the small success of teaching how to tie shoelaces to crushing an awesome lesson that has gone to plan. Teaching gives opportunities for success.

3. Humility

Working with children keeps you humble. Children will call a spade a spade, they have not developed that adult diplomacy yet.

4. Laughter

I love the innocence of children’s comments; sometimes I have to try really hard not to laugh. Other times I just go with the flow and giggle. We have fun!

5. Responsibility

Having a daily responsibility to do your best to teach your pupils comes with pressure but also with many rewards.

6. Community

When you are part of a happy, healthy school community you will get through anything.

7. Inspiration

I love the endless inspiration that I get from my pupils, my colleagues and my school community.

8. Excitement

If you have worked with kids then you know that excitement is contagious. You can’t help getting excited with them or for them.

9. Goals

Every person’s goals are different; teaching allows for you to set goals for yourself on a professional and personal level.

10. Difference

Teachers are given an incredible opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, a generation, the world.

Are you grateful to be a teacher? What are your reasons?

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Till next time…

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