The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth." ~Dan Rather
“Teachers who inspire know that teaching is like cultivating a garden, and those who would have nothing to do with thorns must never attempt to gather flowers.” ~Author Unknown
Working with teachers on instructional strategies and lesson plan design is a fruitful experience. Teaching is a challenging occupation that requires tremendous skill, knowledge, and energy. Non-educators do not fully realize the level of giving of oneself that educators do on a daily bases. Educators of true quality strive daily for their students, persistence as their guide and reflection on practice as their mentor. They are anchored by the genuine belief that all students can learn without limits. It’s been my pleasure to meet such stars.
All educators travelled a rough road with experience a harsh mistress. Those who come through with conviction in persistence, reflection, and belief in students’ limitless capacity are on path to becoming a teacher of quality. Some of my colleagues might scoff at this. Several, on occasion, might express something like:
When is enough, enough? How much of myself must I give to a student who seems uninterested or undervalues my offering before I cut off the flow? Where do I draw the line that the student must come part way before I put forth more effort in them? At what time do I let go of a student who is not ready, unwilling, or unable to rise up to tasks and/or expectations themselves? If a person or group chooses not to put forth adequate effort, wants not to be present and perhaps skips meetings and/or cares not to take responsibility for their learning, at what point, with a heavy heart but with tough love, do I let them go?Answer:Never.
So long as the student(s) is with me they are my classroom family, my sacred duty, and sometime burden, my mystery to unravel, my garden to grow, my wards to protect. Their failures are my learning opportunities, their frustrations are my puzzles to unlock, and their achievements are my epiphanies. Their struggles are my prophesies to decipher for helping future students and myself.A learner's growth, incremental and/or gargantuan, is the reason why, in the teaching profession, I exist.</font>