I found this comic online today.
I really think the message here is simple, yet great. Don’t be the old guy in the last panel. Don’t be the teacher that is simply there to “fill the bucket,” so to speak. I find myself thinking of my career as more mentoring than teaching, which I think helps me remain happy from day-to-day. I like to think of my students as protegés that are counting on me to help them mature and grow as individuals. If I simply relay to them standard, immutable information, am I really helping them? Education is a joint effort.
Think about it.