Creativity, in my opinion, is the best possible reason to be a teacher. Don’t get me wrong. Many, many other things fall under this umbrella: student engagement, student growth, excitement, and so much more. But for me, it all starts with the amazing gift of being able to be creative in your classroom. It’s so exciting to be able to create another world for your students to exist and operate within. To be able to test their knowledge by setting them free and letting them learn to fly with the knowledge you’ve given them. Honestly, there is nothing like it. I am beginning my 20th year of teaching, that’s right 20, I was just walking down the aisle to get my diploma last week, where did the 20 years go? Either way, I have worked in a middle school for all 20 of those years. I have taught social studies, science, and language arts. I have been fortunate enough to teach social studies and science each year I have taught. I have taught kids identified on an IEP and kids identified as gifted. The bottom line, they are all kids who need to know you care. My favorite quote:
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel?”
– Maya Angelou
At the end of the day, I hope I show a child what is possible. Not what is necessary but what is possible and that, is anything they can possibly dream.