Cindy Minnich at Charting by the Stars:
It’s the most difficult job I have ever had. I make a million decisions every day about a million different things that happen in my classroom. There is no standardized list of what to do that works like a magic wand for all students. There is no guide for every scenario that comes your way. There is no easy answer for every curveball heartfelt questions you could get asked. You learn as you go, sometimes through trial and error, always through reflection.
It is the most rewarding job I have ever had.
Christine McCartney at An Educator's Re-Education:
I will no longer be a silent, complacent bystander, or worse, participant, while you have your way with the American education system; I have invested too much and there is too much at stake; neither my students nor I are going to end up in that abyss …not while there is still time to turn things around.
Katherine Sokolowski at Read, Write, Reflect:
I stay because I will not be defeated.
I will teach how I believe is right.
I will teach how I know is necessary for growth.
I will not let my students become numbers on a sheet.
Sarah Andersen at YA Love:
I stay because...
- “Mrs. Andersen turned me into a reader.”
- “You explain stuff better and I actually understand it.”
- “Really, this class is hard and a lot of work, but you make it feel like it’s not.”
- “Are you going to get *insert book title here* when it comes out?”
- Students need passionate teachers.
Sarah Gross at The Reading Zone:
A book can change a child’s life. With a classroom library and the wide range of books I am always reading, I can help students find that special book. That’s why I stay.
Not because of the tests. Or the mandates. Or the races to the top.
Kaitlin Popielarz at Kait and Bill Make a Home
Teaching is difficult and challenging but it is also REWARDING, JOYFUL, and MY HOME.
Sherry Gick at Library Fanatic:
There has been a shift in the value of educators and our knowledge of how to best teach our students.
It's time for us to stand up and speak out not only for each other, but for what is truly best for our students.
Michelle Nero at Literacy Learning Zone:
. . . for the smiles, the laughs, the high-fives. There are multiple celebratory moments sprinkled throughout the day -- those "a-ha-light-bulb" moments of "I get this!" or a second grader coming into my classroom telling me "I'm a reader now!" or a fifth grade student telling me she just finished a book and what she's reading next. That's why I stay.
Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core:
I want to add my OUTSIDE VOICE to all the others, shouting loud and clear: I AM A TEACHER. I AM A PROFESSIONAL. I KNOW IN MY HEART I AM GIVING MY STUDENTS THE BEST I CAN GIVE. THEY DESERVE NOTHING LESS.
Maria Selke at Maria's Melange:
I teach to create the future, one small human at a time.