Get Up and Go
What gives you purpose? Do you have a dream or passion that you share with others?
I don’t have to ponder too long to answer the question about what gives my life purpose. For the past forty-one years, including twelve after my “retirement,” I have been a classroom teacher.
Each assignment I’ve been placed in has given me an opportunity to practice what I love most – teaching.
Whether the subject matter is math or science, drama or language arts, I feel like I’m having a positive influence on the students I teach and that gives my life purpose. It also happens to be what I’m most passionate about. I truly feel at home in the classroom.
And while I hope I do an adequate job of helping them learn the subjects matter at hand, I think my true purpose goes far beyond that.
I hope that…..
- my off-brand sense of humor makes their days a bit brighter and brings laughter into their lives.
- my acceptance of students from diverse backgrounds helps them to be more accepting of those who are different.
- making the subject matter relevant to their daily lives causes them to look for connections with what we’re learning in the classroom and the outside world.
- my caring attitude, even when there are undesired behaviors, teaches them the practice and attitude to become productive citizens one day.
- when they say that Mr. Moser was one of their teachers, they’re able to smile and have fond memories.
And that is what gives my life purpose.