Wow, it’s already the end of the second day of school- where does the time go?! I’m happy to share that there has already been much improvement since yesterday 😀 I totes think that a lot of yesterday’s difficulties were the result of everyone’s first day jitters!
I wanted to share an article with y’all that my momma forwarded me yesterday that was featured in the New York Times, “In Honor of Teachers” by Charles M. Blow.
A few things that stood out to me from the article…
- “76 percent of Americans believed that high-achieving high school students should later be recruited to become teachers, and 67 percent of respondents said that they would like to have a child of their own take up teaching in the public schools as a career.”
- “…one of the differences between the United States and countries with high-performing school systems was: The teaching profession in the U.S. does not have the same high status as it once did, nor does it compare with the status teachers enjoy in the world’s best-performing economies.”
- “…nearly 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession within their first five years teaching; they cite poor working conditions and low pay as the chief reason.”
- “I’m not saying that we shouldn’t seek to reform our education system. We should, and we must. Nor am I saying that all teachers are great teachers. They aren’t. But let’s be honest: No profession is full of peak performers. At least this one is infused with nobility.”
- “Teachers may be the biggest in-school factor, but there are many out-of-school factors that weigh heavily on performance, like growing child poverty, hunger, homelessness, home and neighborhood instability, adult role-modeling and parental pressure and expectations.”
- “So to all of the Mrs. Thomases out there, all the teachers struggling to reach lost children like I was once, I just want to say thank you. You deserve our admiration, not our contempt.”
I’m sure that you all have a “Mrs. Thomas” of your own, a teacher who saw your abilities and highlighted your strengths. I know that I wanted to be a teacher for many years and I attribute that desire to my first grade teacher. She was a short yet feisty, woman [who had an obsession with frogs] who always made me feel like I was capable of accomplishing and achieving anything I set my mind to.
As a first-year teacher, I hope that I can be a “Mrs. Thomas” to one of my students…
Question: Who was your most inspirational teacher?
Question: What was the biggest lesson you learned from your favorite teacher?