Full disclosure: The reason I love being an educator is 100% selfish.
I love to learn.
I have always loved to learn – it’s just part of my DNA. When I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do in life, I honestly did not see myself as a teacher. I just didn’t think that I had what it takes. It was my high school English teachers who gave me the nudge I needed to pursue that path in life. And now here I am.
I love being an educator because the learning never stops. As a teacher, I was learning every single day with my students (although I have to admit that it took me a little while to admit that to myself….I thought I had to know everything…I quickly learned otherwise!). I enjoyed pursuing questions of character motive or author’s purpose in texts with my students, and I loved that each class uncovered a perspective I had not yet considered. We learned together.
Now that I am out of the classroom, my learning continues. I learn with and from the teachers in my district as we work together to develop curriculum that meets the diverse needs of students as well as prepares them for a future that is quite unknown. I learn by attending workshops and conferences (among my favorites is edcampstl) and by attending meetings with my @LARC_STL PLN. Twitter has transformed my personal and professional learning. On a daily basis I learn from my @MOedchat family as well as the many other education communities who have allowed me to enter conversations with them and have helped me to grow.
I love being an educator because I love learning. I love being part of a community of learners – children or adults. I love that Twitter has allowed me to connect with other educators who have the same passion for learning – and who will challenge me to keep learning and trying new things.