What is Your Legacy?
I took last week off from writing in my blog because of a long weekend and a few PD days. As well, I’ve left writing until Friday as I have wrestled with a topic for this week. So, I’m going to do something different this week and crowd source my blog.
Last week, a student sent this question to me through email: “What do you want your impact as a teacher to be on the world?” I want to use this blog to answer the question but also to find out what others have to say.
I want to be an agent of positive change in the lives of my students. That is not to say that I want to be the one who changes them. I want to be a teacher that helps students realize their own capacities and encourages them to follow their passions. I want to be a teacher who makes education more than a curriculum for my students. I want to encourage my students to question and to seek answers to questions. When they do not succeed, I want to be the teacher who encourages them to try again, and again and again. I want to celebrate successes and failure. I want to be the lead learner in my classroom and demonstrate to my students that learning does not stop. I want to embody John Dewey’s philosophy that education is not preparation for life – education is life itself. This is the impact I want to have.
What’s yours? If you have the time and the inclination to comment on my blog, please answer the same question above. I will post your comments and share them with my students.
All the best,