Not until the Adjunct Faculty Union went on strike at Nassau Community College did I realize how underpaid I am. I teach English there on an adjunct basis. For several days after the strike, I lost my enthusiasm for teaching. Why do it when the pay is really disappointing -- or when I have to give far less than my best if I get serious about matching my pay with the number of hours I put in?
BUT then I attended a teaching workshop for a program called Achilles Heel at NCC. This program addresses the issues of differing learning styles, especially for students whose strengths are contradicted by weaknesses such as low ability in other areas (high verbal, very poor math, for example) or by very poor social skills. The presenting teachers' enthusiasm and joy at achieving excellent results for their creativity in teaching methods restored my own enthusiasm. I am grateful to them.As long as I decide it is right for me to teach, I will not lose my passion for it again.