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Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A SALUTE TO GREAT TEACHERS
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never
tell, where his influence stops.”
– Henry Brooke Adams
of a great teacher: Ingenious, Patient, Creative, Sense of humor, Tough, sets High
Expectations, Determined, Passionate, Demonstrative, Selfless, Energetic, Consistent,
Generous, and Compassionate.
This is the
week/month/that should be a year of Celebrating Teachers. Teachers affect
everyone’s lives…every surgeon, police officer, actor, lawyer, engineer,
mother, father, store clerk, businessperson, artist, programmer, banker,
politician, humanitarian, athlete, musician, naturalist, professor, ecologist,
environmentalist, astronaut, educator, dreamer, visionary, strategist, and
anyone from any profession were all positively affected by a great teacher
and some more than one in a lifetime.
It is the teaching
profession that should be the most highly regarded of all professions in
society, worldwide…but that is not the case. In America today- teachers are
among the lowest paid, least respected, most disregarded professionals. Teachers don’t always get their just due. Of
course, like any profession there are some who may not deserve our gratitude,
but that’s not what we are celebrating this week. This we are celebrating the
Great Teachers and there are so many.
We count on teachers
to set high expectations for all students and work to bring out the best
enabling every child to reach their highest potential. Teachers who have this
as a special gift deserve to be treated well, respected, and honored, not just
this week, but every day.
are the teachers who
their student’s tears
them on from the stands
them to be their very best
them believe that they can shoot for the moon
ride on the stars
the questions that no one else will
Maintain high standards in the midst of less than perfect communities
their students to think, nurture a love of reading and a desire to discover in them
sensitive to the needs of every child in the classroom
encourage their students to be compassionate and sensitive to human difference
help when their students' resources are limited
fees for them, cloth them, keep snacks in their drawer for the late afternoon
Have a listening ear when a secret must be told
students the world from inside the walls of the classroom
them 'mirrors' through the the lives of people from all cultures so they can see the best of themselves
‘stained-glass windows’ to see the best of the world
with them and cry for them
them down to protect them from the dangers ahead
then, let them go to fail, grow, and make new discoveries
their stories, laugh at their jokes
Praise their projects, pat them on the back Read their papers again and again
with them, play ball with them,
their students sing on key, stand up straight, sit still..
then, set them free to run and explore..
at the end of the day…prepare themselves
start all over again.
Teachers do indeed affect
eternity. Aside from parents, Teachers are the most influential people in the
lives of our children and youth. For all the great teachers of the world — we salute
post is dedicated to all my favorite teachers: Miss Thomas, Mrs. Evans, Miss
Simmons, Mr. Wright, Mrs. Harewood, Mr.
Miller, Miss Greif, Mr. Hocheiser, Mr. Caputo, Mrs. Bartlett, Mr. Lee, Ms.
Brown, Mr. Woodard, Mr. Williams, Mr. Art Miller, Dr. Perry, Dr. Dance, Dr.
Leslie, Dr. Patton, Dr. VanTassel-Baska, and.. my mother, Mrs. Mildred ‘Bay’
have affected eternity, their influence is never ending!