I used to think I was a pretty good teacher. Now I realize that I did the best I could with the knowledge I had, but my classroom was woefully inadequate for many of my students. I failed to equip them with what they needed. I now believe my students are competent to show me what they need, if only I take the time to listen and ask authentic questions. I’m becoming a better teacher by giving up a lot of what I used to think.
Iâ€™m thinking more than ever about my kids, who they are as whole children, and what the real worth of the schooling they receive might be. Iâ€™m wondering why we educators, both administration and faculty, donâ€™t send these same kind of notes home all year long. Why arenâ€™t sleep and nutrition and stress reduction equally important the other 171 days of the school year?