Sunday, July 31, 2011

To Sir, (or Ma'am) With Love...

I've been thinking about school quite a bit lately...

Well, truthfully, I don't know that I ever really stop thinking about it completely, even during summer...

But, lately education has been in the news, and not always in a positive way. In addition, I've been catching up on the blogs of some of my friends who also happen to be educators, and it got me pondering...

What is a teacher?

 A degree? A certificate? Passing a test?

The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines a teacher as "one whose occupation is to instruct," but is that really all?

I think being a teacher encompasses much, much more...
 -  the countless hours spent in preparation for a new year, a fresh group of students
 - the laughter
 - the tears
 - the worry and frustration
 - the personal money invested without much hope of compensation
 - the joy of seeing the moment when it just "clicks" with a student
 - the pain of seeing a bright future dimmed or lost through poor choices
 - the second (and third, and fourth) jobs  - just so you can remain in the field you have chosen

This is my list... and it could probably go on... but I'd like to hear what you think being a teacher means, so please add your thoughts below...

And before you go, take a little inspiration that what you do really DOES matter...

(Remember the starfish story.... we may not be able to save every one, but we can make a difference...)


  1. We do the starfish story every Friday with our grade 7s.

  2. I'm new at this whole teaching thing, but I'm learning that it means endless patience. Oh man. Does every class have a devil child?

  3. The funny thing is, I thought about my own teaching when I saw this episode of Glee a while ago...

    It hit me pretty hard. Isn't this one of the reasons why we teach? To try to help those starfish?

  4. I agree... teaching is so much more than "just" instructing. I like your list and would also add that it's about endless opportunities to encourage and pass on hope to others.