#ThankfulTeacher: Teaching is a daily realization

I am thankful to be a teacher.

The simplest answer to the question “Why?” Is because I love it.

I love it because…

It helps me to grow as a human being

It has created meaning in my life

It is a daily realization

It is not easy.

It is hard, disappointing, frustrating, and ultimately, powerful to make a difference in the life of a child.

Becoming a teacher does not end with knowing how to do it.

Because I love teaching, I am thankful to have recently recertified as a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) and for the leadership of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS). Recently, the NBPTS offered me the opportunity to participate in a Congressional briefing on 21st Century Skills in early childhood. One of the stories I told came from our book, Teaching 2030. I recorded the video below to describe what the architecture of accomplished teaching looks like in a Head Start classroom.

By setting the standard for the teaching profession and spreading the expertise of teachers, the NBPTS demonstrates the value of leadership by teachers in every aspect of the profession.

I love teaching because of students like Isaiah but also for the opportunities to grow as a  professional and a human being that students like Isaiah give me every day. The video below was featured in the Boardroom, the eNewsletter for the NBPTS. I hope you enjoy it.

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  • Madhu Bhatia Garg

    Thankyou for sharing this experience. As a teacher we face so many challenges in our day to day routines . It’s so important to observe the students beyond the boundaries of classrooms.Sometimes the strategies which may not be appealing or appear non practical but can work in diff situations.

  • JohnHolland

    Thank you

    Thank you for your comment. Have you been able to reach students through this approach before?


  • Suzanne Farmer

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    Congratulations on your recent NBCT renewal! I certified while teaching preschool and appreciate the voice and attention you bring to early childhood education.

    I love example in your video of meeting kids where they are.

  • marsharatzel

    What a crackerjack post

    OK…I don’t know a thing about EC as you well know.  But this post is a $1,000,000 even if you don’t know a thing.

    First…the poem was cool.

    But then….the video blew me away.  You told such a powerful story in a simple, easy to understand way.  You described the power of listening and reflection…how transformative that can be in the hands of someone who is a craftsman within their classroom.  It also demonstrates that much of teaching is a result of deep thinking partnered with lots of PD and formal education.  But what you did with the skidding curves is genuis and could never be written in a book.

    Thank you my good friend.  This is beautiful and a great inspiration for 2015.