I believe that I can help develop tomorrow’s leaders by impacting those students who I come in contact with. For example, I challenge my students to be lifelong learners and learn one thing new each day...some days I challenge them to do a random act of kindness. Am I leaving an impact? I tend to think I am...but then I started to think about those students that have impacted ME. By the end of my run, I had made a long list in my head of all the students that had impacted me in one way or another. I could blog and blog and then blog some more about all of these students, but there is one student that challenged me three years ago, that I believe has left one of the greatest impacts on me and what kind of teacher I am today.
That year, I had told this student that by the end of the year, he was going to be a more organized student. His response to me was this, “Ok Mrs. Mo, I will work on becoming more organized, as long as I can teach you “learn to go with the flow.” After trying to defend--more like justifying--myself, he basically told me that I didn’t need to follow a “script” everyday and those days that technology doesn’t work...I didn’t need to freak out! Fast forward three years later, this student is a month from being a Milford alumni, I can honestly say that what he told me back then still is in the back of my mind each day. I don’t need to have control over all the learning that takes place, I can let my students do the problem solving and use their creativity, and most importantly if something doesn’t work, I don’t let it ruin my day.
Each year, I get to challenge students to be the best possible students they can be...however to this student and all those other students who have impacted me...ThAnK yOu! You all have had a lasting impact on me and have challenged me to be the best teacher I can be.
I challenge this to you, say “ThAnK yOu” to a student that has impacted you to be the best teacher you can be!