One of the most common questions parents ask me when I tell them that I had just left the teaching service is, "Why?"
I am not surprised as I have asked myself the same questions on numerous occasions.
Despite missing my friends and colleagues tremendously and the adrenaline rush of managing 40+ students in a class, marking assignments, preparing lessons, disciplining and counselling trouble-makers or children showing signs of distress etc etc etc etc, I am actually very contented.
The first reason is family commitment. No explanation needed on this, I guess.
The second one is the satisfaction of being able to focus and channel my energy to where I am most needed and where I think I am most talented - Educating the Children.
Aside from my home duties, I spend most of my waking hours preparing lessons. Truthfully. I find much joy doing this. As a school teacher, I was so occupied with so many other school matters that the time I actually spend thinking through how my lessons should be conducted was just too limited. Now, I think of my students. I think about their needs and research on available literature how to engage them. I have time to read up on learning needs, refresh my knowledge on educational psychology, study case studies and apply my experience as a school teacher along with the research studies when preparing for class.
So far, I am satisfied to see results.
From interaction to engagement to learning, we are progressing. There is no highway to success or a bullet train to shoot them off to their destination. There is only love, patience, understanding and motivation.
A screenshot from one of my class websites back in 2017: