Teaching is a job that can drain you both physically and mentally. It is hard. Teachers are not only an educator, you are a police officer, a councilor, a friend, and many more things. The biggest quesiton is how do we continue to, both personally and professionally, sustain the energy it takes to be passionate about students, teaching, and learning?
I plan to ensure that I keep the drive and passion I have by doing a few things to keep me going.
First, share my passion with my students. This will allow me to feed off their energy while they feed of mine.
Second, I will let students share their passions with me to help me build on the passions I have.
Third, allow students to take control. That is, let them drive the class, the energy, the learning, and all me to guide, not be the "fountain of knowledge."
Fourth, to enjoy my personal passions outside of work. To spend time with my family, to do the things I find fun, and to ensure my life is not controlled by my work.
Doing these things, learning how to better do them, and to continue to grow will ensure my passion is never lost.