If you ask me “why did you become a teacher,” I’d say I decided to be a teacher because I wanted to inspire young students…however, I also found myself questioning why I became a teacher. For me, the key was focusing on smaller goals. Rather than hoping in vain for a “O Captain! My Captain!” moment (a la ‘Dead Poets Society’), I focused on smaller goals: getting my class to settle down in under a minute, helping everyone to understand a new concept, encourage the more “difficult” students to work together as part of a team assignment…I’ll be the first to admit that it was a long road, but by achieving little goals, I felt like I was making a tiny difference and that helped me to rediscover my joy in teaching. Remember, its “slow and steady who wins the race”!