Life Supports Life - Journal
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“Generous people get taken advantage of.”
I’ve heard many variations of this message throughout my life. To be kind, compassionate, giving, and generous with others is natural and badly needed in our current times. Yet it is discouraged because you might end up short.
When I was teaching math, every semester students would ask, “Why do I need to know this? When am I going to use this in my life?” I knew math was useful, but the textbook didn’t show how. So I became passionate about answering their questions. I designed projects in the classroom and created booklets to supplement the textbook. We used cooking for fractions, vacation planning for algebra, and art for percentages. It was thrilling seeing the students engage.
But this was all done on my own time and wasn’t something I got paid for. It was a tremendous amount of extra work on top of teaching and grading homework. I was told to pull back. That I was giving too much and that I needed to protect myself.
For a while, I took this advice and stopped creating booklets for my students. Sure it freed up my time, but I felt empty. My passion dried up, and teaching didn’t flow.
I decided to keep going even if it meant not getting paid for the extra effort. I believe we are compensated for the value we provide to others. Not always directly. Making those booklets laid a solid foundation for me to understand curriculum development. Designing materials, watching students engage with them, seeing what worked and what didn’t work, helped me improve my skills. Companies usually pay a fortune for test groups. I had a free one.
Those booklets eventually turned into books, which ultimately turned into a business where I am paid for what I do.
Life Supports Life
Artwork and story by Pi Luna