Teachers hold the future in their hearts.
They have the power to shape not only their students, but through them, the world. And they deserve better than most of them receive.
Here’s what I want for the teachers I know:
- A dependable copy machine
- Parents who honor your time, especially outside of school hours
- A strong resistance to germs
- Better pay
- That you won’t be blamed for all the fundraisers
- Or bus delays
- Or your state’s required tests
- Students who are kind to all, including you
- A manageable number of emails
- Students who don’t know why they shouldn’t have told you the story they did…the ones that make you laugh…and the ones that break your heart
- The ability to keep your heart open to your most difficult student
- A supportive principal
- A great picture beside your name on your ID badge and in the yearbook
- Students who discover that they can enjoy working hard
- No one ever saying to you, “but you have the summer off”
- No rain the mornings you have bus duty
- Colleagues who value you and the way you teach, even when it differs from the way they teach
- A safe place to vent about your students, their parents, your colleagues, your principal
- Someone to remind you when you’ve vented enough
- That some student will one day find the words to tell you how you changed their life for the better
- The awareness that you are someone’s favorite teacher
- An unwavering sense that you are called to teach
- That people will remember to tell you thanks, not only for what you do, but for what you mean to the world.
What do you want for the teachers you know?
Or, if you’re a teacher, are there ways that we can support you in your calling?