Yesterday I was reminded why we are all on what it feels like a crazy rat race…
Sometimes it is easy to forget this…with grades due, parents to call, lessons to plan, and all of the other deadlines that we experience day in and day out. I really appreciated being reminded of that. We are in the education profession to make a difference in a student’s life. The person that reminded me was speaking to a group of teachers and he started with “I was going to tell you what a great job you are doing but I have changed my mind. Instead let’s talk about what your job really is…Your job is to make a difference for students.” He was so right. Teachers and educational leaders need to be reminded of this sometimes, especially when everything gets hectic – It is easy to lose sight of what is important and to get caught up in the day-to-day demands.
“Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.” – Oprah Winfrey. This is the difference that we make every day as teachers and educational leaders. We are improving the future of our student’s lives by increasing their knowledge and chances for higher education – whether it is college or some type of professional certification. An education is the best way to insure that our students have a fighting chance at being a successful adult (however they define that). Horace Mann stated, “Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.“
So remember this when you when you wonder why you are working so hard – there is a reason for planning that lesson or taking the time to write the extra feedback beyond trying to get our students to pass that test. There is a bigger picture – remember that and do what you do best – make a difference.
Educators are a part of a greater plan and make the difference in our student’s lives.