Maybe it’s the goodbye hug from a munchkin whose mischief you managed with grace.
It could be that you just geek out on polynomial equations. (Probably not, though, right?)
Or seeing a student, once broken, then well loved, who grew whole.
Or inspiring colleagues who return with resolve to fight for kids against mounting odds.
There are so many reasons to love the work that we do. Too often, those stories aren’t told — to ourselves, to our colleagues, to young people who might become the next wave of life-changing, nation-building teachers.
That isn’t to disregard or dismiss the challenges of being an educator today. But they aren’t the whole story. Young people are amazing. Sometimes my colleagues are straight up superheroes. Teachers definitely changed, and maybe saved, my life. And those stories aren’t told enough.
Last February, teachers told their stories and shared their love. Five million people interacted with the campaign through the #LoveTeaching hashtag — from the then-Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to classroom teachers across four continents, and even future educators.
Can You Share The Love?
During the week of Valentine’s day, from Feb 14th to the 22nd, tap into why you #LoveTeaching and write a blog post, compose a Tweet, post a picture, take a video, rant on Facebook — let’s hear the love!
Check out some sample blog entries from last year:
And some tweets below:
I #loveteaching, reason #1, because it allows me to share my gifts & help students discover theirs. @TeachingChannel pic.twitter.com/N9xtYkvRsd
— Amanda Miliner (@gatoty2015) February 10, 2015
I #LoveTeaching because no other profession can encourage me to be a kid at heart to help reach kids through the rapport we build #TTLSummit
— Daniel Giddings (@djgiddings31) February 11, 2015
There’s nothing easy about teaching, there’s also no more important profession. #LoveTeaching #HappyValentinesDay http://t.co/tJqgXUFUVR
— John King (@SecretaryKing44) February 13, 2015
I #LoveTeaching because passion is immeasurable & we get to showcase that with every creative step we make
— ᴮᴱ Rafranz⁷ (@RafranzDavis) February 14, 2015
#LoveTeaching #TeamBCPS @Hall_Pride @Terri_Cohee pic.twitter.com/i0121P4STZ
— Maggie Cummins (@MTCummins) February 13, 2015