Teaching is . . .

Teaching is not easy. No matter what some in society may think.

Not the commitment to every single child in the individualized way that his/her personality, skill-level, and learning style demand.

Not the unlimited reservoir of patience and relationship creativity that being present to young people requires.

Not the countless hours planning and assessing that the preparation for a great teaching day necessitates.

Not the ever-shifting directions that schools are required to take.

And certainly not the external messages that increasingly diminish the social importance that teachers must occupy, for a society that does not esteem its teachers cannot value its future.

But, teaching is beautiful. Because learning is beautiful.

Teaching is hopeful.

Teaching is visioned.

Teaching is inspired and, when great, even good, inspiring.

Teaching is kind.

Teaching is thoughtful.

Teaching is creative.

Teaching is provocative.

Teaching is determined, even relentless.

Teaching is individualized.

Teaching is compassionate.

Teaching is foundational.

Teaching is resourceful.

Teaching is collaborative.

Teaching is articulate.

Teaching is forgiving.

Teaching is healing.

Teaching is honest.

Teaching is careful.

Teaching is heartfelt.

Teaching is interactive.

Teaching is listening.

Teaching is integrity.

Teaching is necessary.

Teaching is learning.

In the balance, teaching is bountiful. A life worth living.