This month, I have decided to participate in the #Aprilblogaday challenge. To help with topics, I am using the prompts provided by Meredith Towne (@BklynMeredith) a teacher in Brooklyn, NY. I have chosen to write about a different topic than the prompt.
For thirty-three plus years I was able to enjoy many of life’s greatest moments (weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, and graduations) with couples and families as a mobile disc jockey. It has provided some great moments and memories. In fact, 12 years ago, I met my wife while DJ’ing for some of her friends. However, I recognized my heart is no longer in it. I still gave my best to making each event the way, but I no longer enjoyed dj’ing.
In September 2015, I worked my final event. The passion was no longer there. I no longer felt the desire to DJ. I chose to walk away.
For years, I gave up my weekends and many additional hours. I enjoyed meeting with people and making their event a success.
However, I began spending less time listening to new music. I wanted to do other things on the weekends. I regretted leaving home for each event.
Why am I writing about the fact I no longer DJ? Because I lost the passion, the excitement, and the desire to DJ. I no longer had fun. I recognized I needed to walk away.
Similarly, some teachers have lost the passion to teach, to learn, and to grow. They do not care to learn technology. They do not want to make the lessons engaging. They teach the same lessons every year. They want children to sit, listen and be compliant. They threaten, cajole, and bribe children to get compliance.
What should teachers do when they feel lost, frustrated or overwhelmed? They need to reflect and determine whether they still have the passion for teaching . If not, they should walk away from teaching. They will be much happier.
Thankfully, most teachers are dedicated professionals. They are passionate about learning. They utilize social media to connect and collaborate with others. They blog to reflect on their experiences. They listen to podcasts. They attend professional development events to find new ways to engage students in rich learning experiences. They establish strong relationships with students.
I am thankful I recognized I no longer had the passion for DJ’ing. I hope I have the foresight to recognize if I lose the passion for teaching. If not, let me know.
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My Commitment – April Blog a Day Challenge
I have joined the #AprilBlogaday Challenge. The goal is to submit a blog entry every day in April. I will not promise each blog entry will be motivational, energetic, and thought-provoking. However, I will do my best to continue to reflect on my journey of learning and my areas of growth.