Are You a Happy Teacher?

After I received a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Alberta, a cousin of mine told me to go into Education. I didn’t know what else to do so why not? I knew nothing about what it meant to be a happy teacher.

I spent my entire career thinking nothing in particular about the profession I had chosen to be my life’s work. There were exceptions of course but I was in survival mode much of the time.

My mindset was to get in, get the job done and try and recuperate well enough in the summer to have another go at it in the fall. There are thousands, if not millions, of professional teachers around the world and when one is in that milieu, we are a “dime a dozen”.

Most of us like our jobs most days. Some of us don’t like teaching at all and we become stuck in a profession that provides a regular paycheque and adequate benefits.  Do you like teaching, I mean really like it?

After I retired from the day-to-day reality of teaching, I gained some distance and came to respect and fully appreciate the profession I was part of for 37 years. Reflection time and guidance from sacred mentors brought me to a place of gratitude for all the contributions an inspired teacher can make.  If we are happy teachers perhaps we are life givers to those in our care.

We are all teachers by word or by action.

The personal and professional practice of holistic health awakened the love of teaching in me.

See my book  here for more information on learning about and teaching holistic health.

2017-12-20T22:48:41+00:00

4 Comments

  1. Sacramento August 12, 2014 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    Thanks for finally writing about >Are You a Happy Teacher?

    Loved it!

  2. Julia Kopala
    Julia Kopala August 25, 2014 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the encouragement. Much appreciated.

  3. Julia Kopala
    Julia Kopala August 27, 2014 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    I appreciate your response. Thank you.

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