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Why Do You #LoveTeaching?

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:

#LoveTeaching

Why I Will Never Quit

Why I #LoveTeaching

And some tweets below:

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 ProjectNCTELearning ForwardNational 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.

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I love teaching, for that moment when you know that your students know that something they have found tricky, they now understand. That "ah" moment, when they know themselves that they have got it now. It's a a great feeling for both teacher and student a like.
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That's such a great moment Jan---the "learning high" :)
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I love teaching because it's art! Let me explain. Teachers create moments, opportunities, materials, etc... We canvas our schools with learning. The inspired voices and ideas of students add color, shape, movement and song. As a lifelong artist, I see so many parallels! The beauty of students learning always lifts me -even on the most difficult days.
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