The Gift of Education

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

Aside from all the freebies and sales, this is great time to reflect about why we are teachers.  For me, I choose this path for many reasons; all deeply personal.  

I became a teacher because of my mom and sister.  You see, I am the child of a migrant worker.  My mom, like many others during her time, never had much of a formal education.  She stopped going to school by the 4th grade.  As a child growing up, she reminded me daily of the importance of an education.  She knew what a precious gift it was because she never had it.  My sister and I each had very different experiences in school.  I was the kid who got to choose the books I read whereas she was the student who went to reading class.  I would get to do presentations while she answered the questions at the end of the story.  My dream of becoming a teacher was to give the gift of education but also to let everyone have a learning experience that is positive and makes you want to know more.  Each year, I fall in love with the people in my classroom; even the most challenging ones.  Sometimes, I love them even more because I may be the only who shows them that learning can be fun, meaningful and does not always come with a worksheet.  Nothing give me more pride than to here that sigh in the room when it is time to stop because they don't want to. Or when a child asks and even suggests our next learning topic.  

These are two stories that I shared before but reflect why I am a teacher. Read more about them here or here.

I teach because of those lightbulb moments when everything clicks.  Years from now, my students may not remember everything about their kindergarten year.  What I hope I leave them is that longing to continue to do their best and to learn more and to believe that anything is possible with an education.

Why do you teach?

Happy Teaching and Learning!

PS- All my Common Core Cheat Sheet Standards from grades k- 4 are $1 now until 5/9/12. Click on my TeachersNotebook shop on the sidebar to get yours.


  1. What a great post! And thanks for the cheat sheets!!


    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class

  2. I have a tattoo, of a lightbulb, with an apple inside, because I love lightbulb moments with kids!

    Chickadee Jubilee

  3. BeAuTiFuLLy said! I can't imagine NOT teaching. My great Aunt Norma was my first and second grade teacher and she instilled in my a passion for learning and sharing my talents/gifts with others. I've been striving to do that ever since, to keep learning and to energize and inspire others. She also loved unconditionally, just like you.

    Your influence matters; thanks for sharing who you are and what you know with us and your little learners!

    The Corner On Character

  4. I am having a linky party for the sale at Teacher Notebook. Swing over and link up so others can click on your store and shop for goodies!

    meet me at the zoo...

  5. I love your story of why you teach! I teach because I want my students to love learning! Even now I still research things that interest me and I try to learn something every day! I enjoy working with young children and seeing them blossom into eager learners!

    Jennifer @ Herding Kats In Kindergarten

  6. I love reading your blog! Trust me, we don't realize it now, but they remember more than we think they do.

    Lessons Learned


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