Tuesday, May 6, 2014
The best teachers are those who show you where to look - but don't tell you what to see. - Alexandra K. Trenfor
This morning at the eye doctor one of the technicians congratulated me for being a teacher (Teacher Appreciation Week after all) and told me of her niece's decision to become a social studies teacher. Apparently she'd had wonderful teachers over the years and then implied that teachers always encourage and motivate the best kids. Not necessarily, I replied! The best teachers are there for every kind of kid. No exceptions.
And are those "best" teachers successful with all kinds of kids? No, but they don't stop trying. Each morning they come "armed and ready" to accommodate this impossible combination of objectives: meet kids' needs for discovery and learning, manage difficult behaviors, provide challenges to some and remediation to others, and obediently follow their district curriculum guidelines and standards. Then, incredibly, turn around and do it all again the next day. phew!
My idea of a "best" teacher may or may not be the one to get highest test scores, but is always the one who will ask more than tell and respect each and every kid's need to explore an idea or concept rather than blindly memorize it. As in the quotation: "shows where to look but not what to see."
Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! Give yourself a pat on the back for the amazing work you do.
Be well today and always,