A teacher affects eternity. No-one can tell where their influence stops.
I'd like to tell you a story,,,
On my desk in my classroom, many years ago, I kept a dish of rocks. I am fascinated by stones because of the colours and patterns in them. They weren't precious stones. They were just a collection of rocks. The kids in my class sometimes asked me about them and I loved to share what I knew about rock collecting but in reality I kept them there because they grounded me and on a day from hell I could look at them and know that there was life beyond the classroom and it would pass.
Fast forward 25 years.
I chanced to meet up with a former student from that class and I asked about his life nowadays. He told me that he was a geological engineer and then dumbfounded me by saying that it was my fault he had gone into that line of work. He explained further...
Do you remember the plate of rocks you always had on your table? And the kid who was always asking questions about them? Well, that kid was me and we all knew that if we were having a bad day and you looked at the rocks then somehow they made things better. I knew then that I wanted to work with rocks because they could withstand anything and so I studied geology at university.
And I thought it was just a plate of rocks!
Here's a suggestion for you...
Have something in your classroom that you are passionate about.
Something you can look at and feel that there is life beyond the classroom.
Something with special meaning to you.
The only proviso is that it needs to be child friendly!
Put it in place as soon as you get back to school.
- a painting
- a family/ animal/ place picture on your desk
- an item from something that you collect
-a book that you love
- flowers from your garden
Be prepared to share your knowledge and passion with a child who asks about it but it is there for YOU, not for the class.You will probably never know the influence you have had on the future, but it will be positive because enthusiasm is contagious.