Keeping Your Passion for Teaching Alive

Keeping Your Passion for Teaching Alive


by Rachel Wells

As teachers, we have a huge responsibility to our students and to the parents who have entrusted their children to us. Whether it’s your first year or tenth, there are bound to be days when the challenges of teaching outweigh the joys. And then there will be days when your see a student’s eye light up when they finally “get it” – and those days it’s easier to remember why you became a teacher.

After 13 years of teaching, I understand how much passion, patience, hard work, and energy is takes to run a classroom. And on those days that are especially tough, these six tips can help you maintain your enthusiasm and keep your passion for teaching alive.


Remind Yourself Why You Became a Teacher

Take time to remember why you became a teacher. Think back to that passion, drive, and excitement when it was new! Those feelings are still in you – sometimes it just takes some effort to dig them back up. Be a teacher that teaches students, not subjects. Take time to remember the goals you had when you first started and think about ways you can continue to work to accomplish them.


Be a Lifelong Learner

Remember – you may be the teacher, but you are also always learning! Be the teacher who teaches their class to love learning by showing them that you still love to learn too.


Incorporate Your Passions

Whenever you can, find ways to work your passions into your classroom/curriculum. Students feed off their teacher’s energy and will often get really excited about a topic that they know their teacher is excited about.

If you love dinosaurs – decorate your classroom to match, leave out a stash of dinosaur books in your classroom and hold a dinosaur trivia game on Fridays, or make a fun research unit that fits with your curriculum.

Love watching hockey? Name student groups after your favorite teams, play hockey themed music during transitions, incorporate a big game into your writing curriculum.

Maybe being outdoors really invigorates you – try read or do an activity each day outside with your class.


Befriend Your Colleagues

Find a work friend that you can go to for advice, talk to when you need to vent, and share awesome ideas with.


Take Care of Yourself

Self-care seems to be one of the first things pushed aside for teachers – and it’s easy to do. With so many student needs to take care of, we often neglect our own. You have to find time to take care of yourself – even if that means actually scheduling it in your calendar! An hour a day can make a huge difference. And remember, it’s okay to not be busy sometimes and to take time to simply relax and enjoy something that makes your heart happy.



Remember not to take yourself too seriously. It’s okay to step away from the curriculum and make your students laugh or share a joke and laugh together. A laughter filled classroom tends to be more relaxing and enjoyable to learn in!


Teaching is one of the most rewarding professions – as long as you never lose sight of your passion for teaching and making a difference in the lives of your students.


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