During a recent conversation, I mentioned to a friend that I hadn’t seen a particular segment on the morning news because I was on my way to school at that time of day. As the words came out of my mouth, I realized something that I don’t think I’ve ever really paid attention to before: I never say, “I am going to work” or “I missed work because I was sick” or “I was late leaving work.” Instead, I include the word “school” in place of the word “work.”
I considered my choice of words and concluded that this is a way for me to show that teaching is not just a job for me. Being a teacher is more than showing up, going through the motions, and collecting a paycheck. School is more than just a place where I spend eight hours a day (or more) during the weekdays (and some weekends, too), but is an integral part of my life. I am passionate about being a reading specialist and I consider being able to work with my kids a tremendous gift. The words “job” or “work” simply cannot fully express how I feel. So, I’ll continue to talk about “going to school” or having “a great day at school” and keep the words “job” and “work” out of my vocabulary!