I have never had the desire to be a teacher. While growing up, I really didn’t have a desire to be anything other than a housewife and a mother. As I got older, I went onto university and received a Bachelors Degree in Commerce, a choice I have never regretted. However, after reading Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teachers Tales, there is a part of me that wishes I had chosen another career path.
These Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teachers Tales have really touched my heart in a deep way. I go to work everyday, push paper around, save the company some money and then I come home. I don’t get any heart melting moments when my boss comes to me and lets me know that I have made a difference in their life and they are a better person because of what I have done for them. I don’t get the personal gratitude of seeing someone achieve a marvelous accomplishment because I have helped them through a hard time in their life. I get a pay cheque every 2 weeks – that’s pretty much it.
Teachers are generally wonderful people, with so much love, encouragement and strength. They see opportunities in children and go with it to help those kids grow. My favourite teacher throughout my days in school is by far Mrs. Hattie. She was my grade primary teacher. She was just so kind, patient and loving. There is nothing that she wasn’t capable of doing. The stories in the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teachers Tales are about teachers like Mrs. Hattie.
In fact, the 101 stories are from the 2009 State Teachers of the Year, the 2009 National Teacher of the Year and many other deserving teachers that have seen and done some incredible things for their students. There are also some student tales in this book which have made me think about sending a kind letter to my teachers thanking them for what they have done in my life. The stories are not all sappy, there are some funny ones, and some amazing success stories. Some of the chapters include Learning from the Kids, Thanks I needed that, That was Embarrassing and Tough Kids among others. I’m sure these are all topics that each and every teacher can relate to.
I have throughly enjoyed Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teachers Tales. Teachers go through some really tough times, but they seem to still come out on top and have the best interest of the children in mind. They also have a very rewarding career, when they are able to see their students accomplish goals and celebrate with them. In a certain way, I envy teachers for that, in another way, I don’t think I would be able to put up with all the other parts of teaching. There’s a lot to be said about someone who choses teaching as a career path, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teachers Tales has really opened my eyes to those who chose that path.
For a wonderful book for a special teacher, or if you would like a better understanding of what teaching is all about, check out Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teachers Tales and make sure to pick up a box of tissues as well.
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