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Reorganizing the Blog

Originally Written September 25th 2009

Today I would like to share with all of you a page taken from “The First Days of School”. It tells the story of a student returning to his old class to say hi to his teacher and to thank her for everything. The story touchingly ends like this:

With 28 students watching her, and with tears flowing down her cheeks, she says, “Keith, we teachers rarely get any validation for what we do. But what you have done today is all we teachers want – the knowledge that we’ve made a difference in someone’s life.”

Her voice choking now, she says, “Thank you for making my day”

He responds, “Thank you Mrs. Riley. But you made my life.”

I suspect everyone reading this can relate. The teachers we grew up with helped shaped our lives and we owe them more than we can offer. Especially to those education students. Many of you (myself included) have known you wanted to teach for a long time now and though we have our myriad of reasons, many of us have that one common experience; we had an exemplary model of a teacher in our lives. A paragon who, even now, can be looked towards for guidance and advice. This person really did make your life what it is today. No award, degree, or cash prize can truly commend that amazing teacher for what he/she does. The best reward is showing the smile on your face knowing you have succeeded. To see your face 5, 10, or 20 years later and witness their investment of love and care pay off. I hope by now all have you have payed tribute to all those who have helped you come this far. Your teachers, parents, and friends all know how capable all of you are and have done and will continue to do all they can to ensure success from you. I urge all of you to continue or at least reconnect your relationship with the teachers that have made a difference in your life. Just because you are not in class with them does not mean they can’t still support you, especially in what can be a turbulent time for all of us.

Soon it will be our turn. These leadership qualities that make a good teacher are being instilled (if not there already) in our minds. It is stories like this that makes me personally remember, we may have almost limitless technology at our fingertips, we may have hundreds or thousands of theories to try, and we may even have all the funding we could ever require, but it will all mean nothing if we do not show our students that we are capable leaders and we care for them. Always be the best you can. Your students will see this and model you. In fact, their success depends on it.

To end, I’d like to share my favorite quote:

One hundred years from now it will not matter

What kind of car I drove

What kind of house I lived in,

How much I had in the bank,

Or what my clothes looked like

But the world will be a better place because

I was important in the life of a child

-Forest E. Witcraft

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