My belief and approach is that education provides students a better understanding of their world. It helps them build an informed worldview so they can navigate their journey. I strive to present my students with a multitude of experiences, aiming to arm them with the tools they need for success in work, relationships, and other aspects of life.
However, there are times I wonder, “Is this worth it? Do they care about this topic? Are they even listening?” Yet, time and again my students surprise me with the connections they make and how they apply their learnings to their life in such remarkable ways.
A recent incident this year illustrates my belief and approach.
Something about watching the snow fall, as I sip coffee and eat a homemade breakfast, makes me wonder if nourishment and rest are the only two things that derive from “taking a break.” Yes, food is wonderful - and sitting down is a luxury - but the privilege of choosing what to do and when to do it is the most valuable element.
Time is of the essence for teachers. Lessons, grade books, conferences, phone calls, and meetings are just some of the structured items in our daily jobs. The school day is a rush of productivity, brainwork, and physical demand. So, when Friday night arrives, some of us cannot imagine doing anything more intellectual or active than watching mindless television.