One day my principal called my teammate and I into her office to meet a guy who was showing us a new tech. tool. In the process of him explaining what it did I let out a excited squeal and literally jumped in the air. My teammate and principal gave me a look that said "there she goes again, getting too excited". I have received that look on many occasions. I can't help getting excited. I love cool things that help my students learn. I get Christmas morning giddiness when presented with some new tech tool to use in the classroom. I have been known to stand on chairs and sing at students. I dance even though I can't. Why because I am enthusiastic about what I do.
Some people don't like my enthusiasm. They give me looks and tell me to calm down. I feel really embarrassed when this happens. My cheeks get red and hot and I try to smile it away. My enthusiasm immediately burns out. Sometimes I think they are right. That I should calm down and chill out. This is why I work with children. They have no problem with my enthusiasm.
God gave me this enthusiasm for a reason. My students need it. They need someone who gets excited about their learning so that they can get excited about their learning. They need a teacher who will holler with them, laugh with them, get a little too loud with them and dance with them.
Today I read a great blog post about enthusiasm. It reminded me that I do not need to calm down and chill out. I should "never lose my enthusiasm" even if others think I am crazy. If my craziness helps students learn, so be it.
Thank you @CSmithGoBlue for the inspiration for this blog. Check his out.