The personal learning network for educators
For me the motivation ALWAYS comes from the kids. I can be having the crappiest day dealing with mandates, administration, other adults, paperwork, you-name-it, and then I have one fantastic moment with that 1st grader who found in the school library the perfect book to read or that 6th grader who can't wait to get home and show mom the blog post she wrote about her science experiment that day. Seeing the kids become excited about learning and wanting to share what they learn with others is the real motivator for me. It helps, too, to have this great PLN to inspire me to keep at it and also to make me want to succeed at my own work so I can contribute something of value to my PLN.
I have to say too, that it is always about the kids...the smiles, the laughter, the "ah-has". I teach sixth grade reading and when a kid comes in excited about books that too is a great motivation. I have found at times that the external pressures have been getting worse, and the ability to stay motivated has become more difficult.
My students keep me motivated. High school juniors and seniors are so close to their venture into the world beyond HS that they keep me upbeat and ontask to make sure I'm helping equip them with skills they will need. It helps that they are so much fun to work with and we have a good time (dare I say, some days are a blast) while we learn.
My online PLN is another source of motiviation. These folks, that I only know in the digital world, keep me so excited about how to keep things moving forward in my classroom. My PLN, though I've only known them since June, has changed how I work. Sometimes I go to my PLN to share, sometimes to ask for help, sometimes to encourage ... I am happier with my job now because I have the group of "colleagues" that I've always wished for ... in the 1000s of Tweets I've read, I've never read a "these damn kids" tweet ... 500 educators and not one of them has complained about the kids.