This is the first day for students in our home district. We know some of you are being saddled with extra responsibilities and duties. We know some of you were handed more paperwork. We know some of you have more students than you expected. We know some of you are dealing with new administrators who did not start off on the right foot. But, today, we know all of you are going to put all of that aside and BE a teacher. The first day of school is the day when that is more possible than any other day of the year. It’s too early to assess, too early to test prep, too early for all of the other nonsense. So, our wish for you this year is that you will BE a teacher more of the time.
some of you will comfort a little one who cries for home.
some of you will wipe little noses.
some of you will learn more names than you ever thought possible.
some of you will make them laugh.
some of you will make them wish they could have you next year, too.
some of you will make them feel right at home.
some of you will feel like you never left the classroom.
some of you will feel refreshed and energized.
some of you will wonder if you can do this again.
some of you will be more exhausted at the end of the day than ever before.
some of you will be more excited about the school year than your students.
some of you will wish the whole year could be this way…
… and maybe it can. BE a TEACHER. Not a tester. Not a hoop jumper. Not a sideline sitter. Not a complier, just for the sake of compliance.
BE a teacher.