So today I'm in my classroom (I know, it's summer!) resetting the room after HVAC work and painting was done. In the process of moving things around and putting things away, I ran across a folder I created a long time ago called the "Why I Teach" folder.
I do not remember why I started it. It was early in my teaching career and maybe an older teacher told me about hers or maybe I just had an inspiration. Whatever the case, I stick all sorts of notes and cards and email printouts that meant something to me. Students telling me what a difference I made, parents letting me know how thankful they are for this or that.
When I was a younger teacher, I used to go through the folder often. I am more confident in my teaching skills now, so I don't pull it out so much. We all reach some kids and parents and we all clash with some kids and parents. I cannot advise enough, especially if you are a new teacher, to have one of these folders. I had forgotten most of the notes in that folder and it really made my day to see them again. There was even sheet music in there - we had a project where we created a Utopia world and one group had come up with a national anthem for their utopia. The kid later went off to college as a music major and wrote out all the music for it and sent it to me in a letter!
So get yourself a folder. Stick the little things in there that make your day and on days you have that makes you wonder why you went into this profession - pull out the folder!
Stay healthy out there!