By Lani Aquino
Educators are a unique group. There aren’t many other professions where people are asked to perform what can seem like miracles on limited or seemingly nonexistent budgets while positively shaping the future workforce and checking off an endless list of criterion imposed by the powers-that-be all with a gung-ho attitude and a smile. But- somehow teachers fill the classrooms across America and do just this every… single... day…
Mustering that gung-ho attitude and sparkly smile can require a bit of a reach some days, but we are so thankful for the dedicated educators that do it again and again and again. Many in generations that have come before and many in generations that will come after recognize this level of dedication and commitment to the cause of education and to the needs of students everywhere. On those days when the gung-ho attitude is hard to muster and the smile is feeling a bit lackluster, hopefully these witticisms from those that truly see the impact teachers make can offer the boost that’s needed.
When teachers feel like a computer is going to overtake their role and the personal contributions they make on a daily basis aren’t impactful and could be replaced by screen time,
“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.” -Bill Gates
When the tireless hours of planning and preparation coupled with tackling the same obstacles again and again have teachers feeling like they’re accomplishing nothing,
“My heart is singing for joy this morning! A miracle has happened! The light of understanding has shone upon my little pupil's mind, and behold, all things are changed!” -Anne Sullivan
When the supplies provided just don’t seem like they’re enough to make an impact,
“It’s the teacher that makes the difference, not the classroom.” -Michael Morpurgo
When determining which groundbreaking new methodology to employ,
“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.” –Sidney Hook
When teachers ask themselves why they should keep pushing and nurturing the relationships with the hard to reach kids,
“Every child should have a caring adult in their lives. And that's not always a biological parent or family member. It may be a friend or neighbor. Often times it is a teacher.” -Joe Manchin
When teachers wonder if they have enough resolve to fight for their students and/or for their professional rights,
“I've got a friend who is a lion tamer. He used to be a school teacher till he lost his nerve.” -Les Dawson
When the request for one more pencil, piece of paper, glue stick, etc. is about to send a teacher over the edge,
“Let us remember: One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world.” -Malala Yousafzai
When teachers are left wondering if all their efforts are making a difference,
“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.” -Henry Brooks Adams
The role educators play in the lives of their students is a pivotal and foundational one. Without their efforts, sacrifices, and support, students would be left with a blank slate and no direction to fill it. While the daily ins and outs may be exhausting, and the hoops for jumping may seem insurmountable, every challenge met and obstacle overcome has an impact on a child’s future.
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