Only the last explanation explained the findings. As described in a forthcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science, those who spent time selflessly had a much stronger sense of personal power and effectiveness. Helping others apparently makes us feel we can accomplish more in less time, and this “fullness” of time seems to stretch time in our minds. It’s not that the volunteers don’t feel connected or that they don’t find the volunteer work meaningful and enjoyable; they do. But only the boosted sense of self-efficacy actually triggered the shifts in time perception.
This article is a very good explanation of why teachers teach! Dedicated teachers are professional learners. They are selfless - willing to dedicate their lives to helping students “learn to learn” and love the experience. The stress of the “job” of teaching comes from lesson planning, grades/grading, extra duties, dealing with uncooperative students/parents, administrative responsibilities and much more. However, when everything goes as planned in the classroom, when teachers and students have a positive learning experience together, time works differently. Every hour spent in this magical world of helping students experience the thrill of improving their understanding of life and the world around them makes the stress of a teacher’s “job” disappear!
Almost everything today’s reform mandates do works against a teacher’s ability to help students experience the joy of learning. These mandates make school a stressful experience for both teachers and students. In this environment, teachers are unable to build positive relationships with students and students come to hate school and what passes for learning. This is why many teachers resent today’s obsession with a scripted curriculum and measuring “learning/teaching” with standardized test scores!