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Day 23: What is your favorite thing about your career?
I enjoy seeing the students progress toward and achieve goals they have set for themselves. When their minds are being challenged and an "A-ha!" moment sets in, it's a great feeling to know I helped guide them to that point. The comments they make, such as "I wish I could be in your group everyday, even on the weekends!" or "Oh, I finally get it now!" are gratifying to hear.
Having said that, some students I've been fortunate enough to meet have overcome such distressing circumstances in their young lives, but still manage to be optimistic. They are truly awe-inspiring. I attended a conference presented by Ruby Payne many years ago. She discussed the challenges people in poverty face, especially young children.
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Ruby Payne's words really helped me be grateful for what I have, including the opportunity to be a teacher making a difference in children's lives. Many of those young people I've encountered through my years of teaching have taught me some important life lessons. I know I have learned from them just as much as they have learned from me.
I may follow a similar routine and have a schedule to keep each day at school, but still, every single day is new, fresh and original...never boring. I truly believe that no two days have ever been the same, which is impressive. Don't you agree?
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