If money is not motivating teachers, then what is? I cannot speak for all teachers, but here are a few of the things that motivate me as a teacher.
I am motivated…
...when a light bulb goes off and a student “gets it” for the first time.There are many reasons that people are motivated by the work they do. If you are not motivated to do the work you are doing, then maybe it is time to find a new road…
...by the fact that my students are not to blame for the current troubles in the world, and yet they will be called upon to fix them.
...when I get a letter from a student I had five years ago about how I changed his life.
...by my student’s passion for learning.
...through collaborating with peers in my building as well as my extended PLN across the globe.
...when an idea that begins in my classroom is shared and implemented in other classrooms and schools by people I have never met.
...by my students taking ownership for their learning and taking it to places I never planned on.
...by the idea that there is always a better way to do my work and a fear of being mediocre.
...to be the kind of teacher that parents feel safe and confident sending their child to on a daily basis.
...through the relationships with my students beyond the role of a teacher but is a friend, confidant, counselor, guide, and advisor.
What motivates you to be an educator?