In the midst of 4 straight snow days, I decided to seek out some written inspiration. Several years ago, a retiring staff member gave me her copy of In the Deep Heart’s Core by Michael Johnston. It has been hanging out on my bookshelf ever since. Having just finished a novel, and looking for some inspiration, I pulled it off the shelf. While the circumstances that Johnston endured in Mississippi are nothing like my circumstances, his desire to change the world through teaching is a fresh reminder of why I became a teacher. It also reminds me that teaching is not a job, it’s a lifestyle.
When we look around our schools, the state of the education in the US, or the prevalence of childhood poverty, we see that there is so much need out there, and we can’t meet it all, but we can’t give up either. When you begin feeling like teaching is just a job or that you aren’t making a difference; when you feel overwhelmed, pick up this book, or another inspiring read. Or, just look into the eyes of your students–it is there that you’ll find a need and your purpose.