Upon pondering the other day and observing my at-the-time teacher associate who is amazing, I realized that the teaching profession is not just that, not just a profession per-se but a lifestyle. Being a teacher doesn't require a dedication but IS a dedication. It is a dedication that I am pondering whether or not I am fully prepared to embrace, whether or not I really can embrace it. Don't get me wrong, I am in love with teaching and guiding, inspiring, leading, caring and all the many other wonderful things involved with being a teacher. What I am talking about is the always-in-the-forefront of your mind, dedication to students. I am not sure as I am writing this if dedication is really the right word. To be more specific, while supervising our class of students in the gymnasium I noticed that my mind was wondering at times to things like: what was I going to make for dinner that night, or when was my five year old's tooth was going to fall out or how many hours of sleep was I going to catch up on over the weekend. While I was doing this mind-wandering I was jolted back into reality regularly when my associate would yell across the gym "great try" or "you did such a great job on that one" or " how are you today?" as a student would pass by. Why wasn't I thinking or saying these things? It seems to me that a teacher is someone who gives their whole "being" to others. They are so self-less. Am I prepared to be that?