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Friday, August 10, 2012

Teachers as Heroes

“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The great teacher demonstrates. The superior teacher inspires.”  ~ William Ward

The month of August brings back memories of preparation for an upcoming school year. Hour upon hour was spent gathering materials, tools for teaching and survival kits! Classrooms needed to be spotless with everything in its place for easy access on a moment's notice. Fresh ideas beckoned to be brought to the table leaving last year's stale activities in the cupboard.

Time was absorbed in researching back-to-school planning needs, including welcome letters, bulletin board ideas and engaging activities. Then, in the midst of it all were the pre-school meetings and in-service training days. By the time the first day of school rolled around, I was already totally exhausted but yet that somehow did not deter the excitement of that first day.

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The art of a teacher is a true work of heart. . .

What lies within the heart of a teacher? It is a matter of give and take with the act of giving touching the soul: giving of his/herself for the benefit of others. It is starting with a vision and watching it develop it into a real-life picture. It is the desire to not waste a minute and the will to carry on even when a day seems like 48 hours. It's working at school, working at home, working on weekends, and sometimes working on holidays. It is a monumental task with the greatest of rewards: instilling courage, values and pride.

BUT, why are teachers heroes?

* They nurture and care for our nation’s children,
* They take the blame when the blame is not theirs,
* Their work day never ends,
* They continue their education while educating others,
* Theirs is a world of patience and understanding when they themselves are so often misunderstood and misrepresented,
* They instill the principles of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,
* Their life after school is often more school: tutoring, sponsorships, coaching, professional development, graduate studies,
* They work hard but not for the money,
* They love what they do,
* They are the foundation, the rock, the support that makes America strong!

AND, these are just part of the reasons why teachers are our heroes!

A hero is there in the heart of a teacher who cares. . .

In every student is the heart of an unforgettable teacher. . .

Questions to Ponder: Appreciated vs. Expected

Do you appreciate all that teachers do or
Do you simply expect them to perform their duties as a teacher?

Why do you consider teachers as heroes?

What is your most memorable moment either as a teacher or a student?

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