Friday, August 8, 2014
One Never Knows
Recently, many people have blogged and posted about the importance of the little things teachers do and the impact teachers have on their students. One of my more controversial posts a number of years ago was when I blogged that a teacher's job is 24/7 (I may share that for Saturday's blog). While I don't mean it literally I do think it is important for teachers to have a connection with their students beyond the classroom and take an interest in who they are.
I was in the emergency room last night with my daughter, thank G-d all is OK. While sitting in the hallway waiting for a room there were a number of people not much older than my daughter brought in with a police escort and one in cuffs. This was not in a big inner city like Baltimore but a small town about an hour away. While I am not naive that these things exist seeing up close was a bit shocking. At the same time I don't believe anyone can fix all the problems, at the same time it made me realize for many kids school and teachers are a place that needs to provide them the love and caring environment that so many are lacking.
I would like to think that many us became educators for the impact we can have on others.
I first got a Facebook to connect with people from the different places we lived. I also was able to connect with students. One student reached out to me to tell me he always remembers coming to my house for a Sabbath meal and that made an impression on him. It wasn't any of the subjects I taught, but rather the personal connection I made with him that had a lasting impression.
Let us remember at times it is the small things that at times have the biggest impact
Here is a an article Why Teachers Matter
Here is an amazing video just to drive home the point