A colleague of mine sent this along to me last week and it made me smile. But the more I looked at it and thought about it, the more smiling I did.
It's true that teachers have not been paid as much as other professions traditionally. I know that that is a legacy of the old days when women didn't work outside the home for the most part. And I'm sure it also had a lot to do with the fact that we are paid by the state out of taxpayer's money. And yes, we should get paid more. Still, we all knew what we were getting into before we signed up. But we signed up anyway!
Why? Well the sign says it all, doesn't it? We are not here because we are going to become famous, rich, or loved and respected by society. We are here because this work means something to us and because we know that ultimately we are making a difference in the lives we touch.
Have you gotten in touch with an old teacher of yours to say thank you and to let them know how much they influenced you? Maybe it's time to do that.
Sunday, April 29, 2012
I began this blog back in November and at that time I was feeling overjoyed with my work, my students, and things that were going on at school. My creativity was flowing and I was filled with ideas and thoughts I wanted to share. Every day I posted something - usually something original that I had made myself. I contacted other folks in the blogosphere and tried to network. I put some of my things up on Pinterest and watched as my fellow pinners repinned them without comment.
But the blog was quiet . . . beyond quiet, it was silent. I felt like I was in a vacuum and that no one would ever be reading or interested in what I was doing. Ah well, I thought. That's how it goes. There are a lot of blogs on the internet after all. You win some and you lose some.
But today I got an email about a comment. What? I asked myself. ¿Qué es esto? Someone is reading?! Not only that, I have two followers!! Oh, bless you both! I never set out to become a famous blogger or change the world of Spanish teaching, just to make some connections and share with people who would understand and occasionally appreciate what I had to say.
And on that note, I have nothing even remotely interesting to say right now except for thank you. I'll put something meaningful up tomorrow.
¿Qué es esto? Is that my enthusiasm returning? Oh wow, I hope so!
Hasta pronto amigos,