I volunteer!

I volunteer

We can all learn a little from our good friend, Katniss.

Volunteering is supposed to make you feel good about going above and beyond. You’re supposed to be happy about helping other and contributing to the greater good. Why, then, is it such a hard choice to make when deciding to volunteer for something at school? Maybe you’re asked to judge a talent show, or sponsor a club, or help another teacher out with a meeting after school. The answer is simple: Because we are already heavily overworked as it is. It is simply too difficult sometimes to add another responsibility into the mix.

I firmly believe that, although difficult at times, volunteering at school is still important. We are a part of a community. The administration, other teachers, and students always appreciate when you lend support in just about any way. Just set a small goal: Plan to make it to one sporting event (and maybe offer to take tickets before the game?), offer to a teacher to help them with one of their clubs once a month or something (baby steps), say ‘yes’ when an email goes out to chaperone the dance. There is fun to be had in all of these events. You may have to find it a little, but you certainly won’t regret it.


I have a unique perspective on teaching. As a young guy, I still have that “world is my oyster” perspective on life, so I am more than willing to try new things in the pursuit of happiness. I have always been a naturally happy person and don’t shy away from trying to make others see that it’s easy to be happy! Thus, the blog you’re reading. The main impetus for actually putting all the work in to getting this blog up and running? A coworker stopped me in the hall one day and actually reprimanded me for being so smiley all the time. They actually said that I shouldn’t be so happy as a teacher! My response? Screw that! I SHOULD be happy. I now smile at that coworker EVERY time I see them…and usually say something like, “Isn’t this such great day to be a teacher?!” They don’t usually smile back… Don’t be like them.

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