As I was going through my emails today, I came across this great blog post forwarded me by a colleague. It really hit home. It is a letter from a veteran teacher to a new teacher about what students remember most about teachers. In it the author, Lori Gard, describes what really matters to our students. Here is a brief expert:
Because we want our students to think we’re the very best at what we do
and we believe that this status of excellence is achieved merely by doing.
But we forget- and often. Excellence is more readily attained by being.
And of all the students I know who have lauded teachers with the laurels of the highest
acclaim, those students have said of those teachers that they cared.
If you, like me, need a February reminder about why we teach, check out the full post at http://pursuitofajoyfullife.wordpress.com/2014/01/26/what-students-remember-most-about-teachers/. It is worth the read.
Happy Valentine's Day