Recently, when I asked my students to do a simple division problem, they did what most normal kids would do: ask for a calculator. I refused, saying they needed to work their mind (which is code for ‘do it by hand’), and added they could thank me in 10 years when they’re rich and famous for being so smart.
That’s when a girl on the other side of the room said loudly (and sincerely), “But I don’t want to be rich and famous; I just want to be a teacher!”
As teachers, we are obviously not chasing riches or fame. But thank goodness there are still plenty of other rewards that make it worth doing what we do.