Beyond the Glass

Reflections on education in a connected world. Jackie Sakatch

Teaching is a Profession of the Heart.

Today I am reminded of what makes teaching different from any other profession.  As a teacher, I teach with my heart.  I laugh and cry with my students.  I am sad when a child moves away from my classroom.  I am ecstatic when a child learns a new skill.  I feel excited when a new baby is born to a family of a child I teach.   As a staff, we support families when a family member becomes suddenly ill by donating money to make sure that the family has food and household items.  I supply children with mittens, toques, glues sticks, and markers so they have the materials they need to be successful.

Today  I asked my son to help make other children feel welcomed and important by attending a birthday party for a child that had just moved to Regina from another province with a relative.   This new student joined my classroom on Thursday and his birthday was Friday.  His guardian let me know about his birthday party on Saturday. I wanted this child to have a wonderful birthday celebration.   My family and I stopped at Toys R Us picked up a gift and went to the birthday party.  The children had a great time!  This is what makes teaching different.  I teach with my heart.  The children in my care become part of me and me part of them.


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