Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I Love Teaching


I have been in the teaching profession for the past 23 years. This is my third school, and I have been here for 16 years.

I love the people and the surroundings here. This is an excellent school, good in academics and sports. I feel very relaxed and peaceful teaching in this school.

I really enjoy teaching. Teaching has become part and parcel of my daily routines. I don't know what to do every time when there is a long holiday. Somehow I will start to look around and do some works related to my teaching career.

I remembered how I hated teaching in my first few years as a teacher. There were always desires to grumble and complain about students and fellow teachers. Sometimes, I had these thoughts and feelings to quit the teaching profession. I dreamed of joining a well-established company. Then I dreamed of starting my personal business. But over the years, the quitting thoughts and feelings had slowly gone away. And I began to love teaching, more and more.

I enjoyed helping my students achieve good academic results. I enjoyed seeing them scored in their public examination. I enjoyed having them come back as professionals and experts in various fields. And I felt happy when they joined me as teachers too.

Teaching has made me become a well respected teacher. Many students look up to me when they need helps and advices; sometimes parents too come to hear me. In fact, they always have questions about their studies and career paths.

I miss my ex-students and my ex-fellow teachers. I continue to connect to them through social network like Facebook. Here I learned of their life and family, and their recent happenings. I am happy to wish them happy birthday, happy engagement or happy wedding, etc. I thank Facebook for helping me to stay connected to them.

Some people said teachers are serious people. I have to agree. Every time I look at the big mirror, I can really see how serious I have become with an old-fashioned hairstyle and a face without a smile. Now I have to learn to wear a smile wherever I go.

As I looked around today, I discovered many teachers as fat as me. I remembered years ago, when we first reported to the school, we were all thin, in fact very thin. But now we look so different with our bulging tummies. Can't imagine how the heavy workload has kept us so occupied that we seldom have time for sports and games!

My children never like teaching; but I am not surprised. It can be the stresses and tensions that they have seen in their father's face, that they had decided to stop thinking about teaching as a career.

I am now in my 50s. I have still 8 more years to go and enjoy my teaching career. But I think I will be alright; I will teach to the very end.

I love teaching.

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4 comments:

Con Artist Trickster said...

Everyone in my family is teacher. I've tried once (just as a substitute), and I found out that I am the black sheep of the family: I can't and I don't enjoy teaching! Well, I guess everyone has their own calling and teaching is not mine.

yeokeehui@gmail.com said...

At least you have tried. I was supposed to be a bank officer and I didn't have the opportunity to try because of the recession in the 80s. But I discovered my calling as a teacher. LOL

Louise Sanchez HerbsCraftsGifts said...

I so admire teachers. I don't have the patience. Congratulations on your contribution to your students.

Louise / http://herbscraftsgifts.blogspot.com/

yeokeehui@gmail.com said...

Thanks, Louise. Welcome on board.