Creativity and compassion should walk together–what does that even mean? Thank you, students.
I had no business entering teaching later on in life, and certainly had no business teaching where I did for my first full-time teaching job. I’d come out of business, gone to graduate school, and entered teaching in my middle years.
Prepared, but totally UNPREPARED for the great needs of the kids. My kids. Yes, I found teachers tend to refer to our students as OUR KIDS, MY KIDS. We love them.
My kids taught me so much, and among the many lessons learned is that it is better to be compassionate than talented. Does the world need another poet? Maybe, although I love poetry and would argue how important poetry is to the ever changing world. But does the world need better teachers? Oh, yes. (Poets don’t hate me. I love poetry! We need great poets of social justice and to keep poetry alive!)
I found my talents were challenged daily, hourly, even every minute I taught. I grew so much as a person in patience, humor, and love. Yes, love. Can we even use that word?
I found my talent for researching resources and creating lessons to engage even the most reluctant learners were challenged every day.
Some time I will write about what I lost by teaching where I did for so long, but for now I want to acknowledge something that has changed my life for the better:
Kiddos, my Kids, all the students even my college students–you’ve helped me become a better person. I had no idea the heart could grow so much. (Can we say heart?) I had no idea how much my talents that lay dormant when I worked in business would be needed as a teacher.
I know I am a much better teacher than I am a writer, and I am okay with that. What I’ve gained through teaching is immeasurable, even shocking. I had not expected that! I promise I will continue to improve as a teacher, even in retirement years.
Thank you, students past and present–I so hope you are doing well. Thank you.