Modified from Kim Schonert-Reichl & others
Every student needs two adults in his/her school who believe he/she will be a success in life. Every teacher needs two colleagues who believe they will be a successful teacher.
Some thoughts on taking oneself too seriously, especially teachers.
And the importance of being present.
In the moment, when the child is looking to you for guidance, compassion, inspiration or comfort, you are the most important person to the child in front of you. And, in the moment, you will be that for each and every person you encounter in your day. In that moment you are very important. I have heard it said that the present is where we touch eternity. (The mathematician & physicist in me sees that on a number line).
However, you are not indispensable. You are not the only one who can do your job. Others may do it differently. Overall, they may do it better or not as well. Doesn’t matter. They will take attendance and set about the supporting students in their learning. They may be more or less compassionate than you would be. They may be more or less thoughtful than you would be. Regardless, the world will not stop turning simply because you are not in your classroom today.
Today, and on the day when the students leave your class and eventually your school (or you leave the school) you leave a hole. But the hole is temporary. Others step into it.
The hole you leave is like the one left when you remove your hand from water. It quickly fills and there is no evidence of your presence except… the ripples on the surface that travel outward from where your hand was. What you do is important and how you do it will have lasting impacts.
Inspired by conversations with Angie Burgess 10 years ago and Len Drugge today.