Saturday, May 2, 2015

What it means to be a teacher

I came across this article today and thought I would share it. A teacher writes a letter to her children explaining what it means to be a teacher.

Here are some quotes from the article.

"You need to know that teachers don’t see their classrooms as places where you go to make rules and assign homework; rather, they see them as extensions of their kitchen tables and living rooms. We strive to make these places safe and nurturing, welcoming and challenging."

"You need to know that teachers worry about their students the way I worry about you; they celebrate the smallest of student accomplishments the way I celebrate yours. Teachers wake up at night thinking about their hard-to-reach students, the way I walk in to check on you when I hear a funny noise coming from your otherwise sleeping rooms."

"You need to understand that teaching doesn’t open at 8:00 in the morning and close at 5:00 at night. Because when teaching chooses you, it grabs all of you and sometimes takes you through the ringer, leaving you drenched in exhaustion and sagging with the heaviness of never being able to do enough."

Read the full article here.

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