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The Joy of Teaching/What Fills My Heart

Written by Samantha Auerbach
March 13, 2021

There are so many joys of teaching. Between the big moments and the small, it’s hard to narrow it down to choose just one. However, as I sit here and write this blog post it is the one year anniversary of the last time I had students in my classroom. It’s been one whole, long, exhausting year since I’ve been in a classroom, filled with learners laughing, talking, and learning together. Those sounds were some of my favorite sounds and what I used to define as my “joy of teaching”, or so I thought. As I was preparing for the 2020-2021 school year, my biggest fear, besides all of the unknown, was feeling that joy of teaching. I feared that an online classroom would lack the laughter, talking, and collaborative learning. I feared that it would be challenging to create our little classroom community and family. Boy, was I wrong. I am so appreciative and thankful for this little community of learners I’ve spent this year growing and learning with. My group of students are kind, compassionate, helpful, resilient, and dedicated learners. We have our tough days, but each morning they put the biggest smile on my face. So, I’d have to say that my students are what fill my heart. Teaching has been challenging this year, but I would do it all over again for my students. I’m happy that we have created such a safe and trusting community, even online. The best part of it all, now my home is filled with laughter, talking, and learning together. This truly fills my heart and makes it so so happy.