In the spirit of Valentine's Day I thought that I would seize the opportunity to talk about love, yes love. I promise it does fit into STEM teaching quite nicely and I hope to show you how.
Sadly, in this day and age of being a STEM teacher, there is a lot that we probably do not love. Rising class sizes, reduce funding, increased student testing (phew let me stop here) are all things that we hear about the most. Sadly these are also the things that are driving people away from the teaching profession in vast numbers. However, despite all of these things there are still people excited and ready to start their career in teaching. I think that now is the time that we all need to stop and refocus ourselves on love. Let's take a moment to look at what there is to love about this job.
The usual things people say they love about teaching are making a difference in the lives of their students and being able to share you passion for a subject with the next generation. I have been out of the classroom for four years now, and it has given me the opportunity to reflect on the things that I loved about teaching that are not typical things that people usually say. Don't get me wrong, those things are great, but there is so much more to love about this profession! So, here are three of my favorites, in no particular order.