An Appreciation for Teachers at the Beginning of the Year
Supervising a classroom is hard work and inspiring students
to learn is a great gift. For these reasons and many others, being a teacher is
one of the most important professions anyone can have. After all, teachers
impart a lifetime of influence on generations who will shape a changing world. I
believe there is simply no nobler a profession.
Friends I know who work in other occupations occasionally share their uncertainties as they search for meaning in their careers. Sometimes it's hard to know if what one does professionally is making the world a better place. But I have never heard teachers question their sense of purpose in quite the same way. Instead, teachers often ponder how they can be more effective with their instruction or how they can guide students through an increasingly complex world. Ultimately, teachers wonder what will become of the students they serve. And when they do, every moment they have with students in their classrooms becomes incredibly precious. Yes, teachers are responsible for creating learning communities that change lives. And this awareness makes all of the hard work throughout each year worthwhile.
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