I watch a video tonight that I subsequently posted on my facebook page. I watched this video and I cried, and when I went back to cite the video to share it with you, I noticed that the video had almost 12,000 likes and 5,000 comments. It was posted by Success Nation and was about a young man who was autistic. He spent most of his high school career being the basketball team manager; getting water, helping in practice, and cheering on his team. The final game his coach gave him the opportunity to suit up, and it was an enthusiastic, emotional, and exhilarating game. He managed to score 20 points with a rousing 3 pointer at the end of the game. I cried watching this video and so did many people who watched it. The realization that came to my mine is that this young man had someone who believed in him. He had a team who believed in him, and people who believed in him even though he was different.
Teachers do this everyday of the school year. They encourage and push, they reassure and challenge, they question and reflect, and they plan, attack, and revise, all in the name of teaching their students. Most of all, teachers believe in children. They believe in their intelligence, and possibilities. They believe in their imagination and potential. They believe in their students creative, multiple intelligence, reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and technology skills. Teachers, the main stay of any school, many of whom are under attack for “not doing their job”, who work 40-50+ hours each week, both at school and at home are our believers in the endless possibilities of our youth.
What do I believe in? Well, I believe that to be a good teacher you need to:
1) Be constantly learning.
2) Be flexible and dynamic.
3) Show some humanity and humility.
4) Look for new methodology and strategies to reach every student.
5) Embrace new technology and programs with open arms and learn how to use them because your students definitely do.
6) Look for the wonder and imagination in every student who passes through your life because you never know whom you might touch.
7) Take care of yourself, exercise, get some sleep, do something you love, and …
Remember why you teach and make 2012 the best ever! Happy New Year!
(This is a repost from 2011)