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:
— Amanda Miliner (@gatoty2015) February 10, 2015
— Daniel Giddings (@djgiddings31) February 11, 2015
— John King (@JohnKingatED) February 13, 2015
I #LoveTeaching because passion is immeasurable & we get to showcase that with every creative step we make
— Rafranz Davis (@RafranzDavis) February 14, 2015
— Maggie Cummins (@MTCummins) February 13, 2015
Sean McComb teaches English at Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts in the Baltimore County Public Schools System. Sean also supports the development of teaching and learning for Baltimore County’s STAT Initiative. He is affiliated with the Maryland Writing Project, NCTE, Learning Forward, National Network of State Teachers of the Year, and ISTE. Sean is the 2014 National Teacher of the Year and is a Teaching Channel Laureate. Connect with Sean on Twitter: @Mr_McComb.