Educators. Students. Community members. Much more unites us than divides us, particularly knowing we all wear multiple hats. Building relationships. Thinking BIG.
Challenging and supporting one another. Developing engaged, empathetic citizens. Please join me in pondering how best to nurture these common ground connections.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Why Am I a Teacher?

Always and forever worth asking. I do it every day. Certainly I ask it at different levels or for different reasons, but I do visit it in some way, shape or form each day. The one part of this video that was so powerful for me, particularly at this point in my twenty-year, and shall we say, adventure-filled-as-of-late, career was the following quote, "Don't let your teaching life make a mockery of your teaching values. Let your teaching values guide your teaching life." No matter what your surroundings may be, good or bad, make a literal or mental poster referred to in the video and "touch it every day." What wonderful, wonderful advice. I wish you a wonderful journey this year! Enjoy!


S. Bolos said...

I think this might be perfect for a group of beginning teachers, too!

Amber said...

I found this blog after searching "why am I a teacher?" due to a terrible day at parent/teacher meetings. One parent accused me of singling her daughter out and calling her a liar, which I of course, did not do. I was and still am heart broken over this. I did hear more positive comments than negative, but that one negative keeps ringing in my ears. I may watch this video over and over this weekend.

Wise Up Lago Norte said...

Wow, this is awesome advice! We're constantly asking ourselves this question, since being a teacher is going from heaven to hell in a second! There are so many frustrating situations, but it pays off when you see the evolution of a student or when you see your student applying what you just taught...!