The great teachers fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life. I wanted to follow Mr. Monte around for the rest of my life, learning everything he wished to share or impart, but I didn’t know how to ask.
Today I received an e-mail at my school office from two pupils from my previous school. They were trying to get a hold of me and had sent a general e-mail to the office to request that I get in touch! I never taught these pupils, but I used to sit and eat lunch with them almost every day.
It made me realise just how much of an impact we can have on children’s lives, without even knowing it. These moments in school clearly helped them talk though their worries and doubts and they knew that I would help them resolve their issues or think through ways of solving the dilemmas they were facing. But to receive an e-mail from them today, brought me to tears!
Many teachers don’t realise how much of an impact they can make on their pupils. Teachers are usually with a child for a whole academic year of their life and from my experience, I remember so much of what happened in school. If you were to think back over the years you were in school, you will be able to remember the teachers who inspired you to do your best, who you really looked up to, the ones that made you want to put in the extra work. You will also remember (probably by name) the teachers who made you feel embarrassed or ashamed of your efforts. While you probably won’t even remember the names of the teachers who did neither – you may remember what they looked like, but the memories of being in their class are a distant blur.
We all have teachers that come to mind when we think back over our years studying in school – both primary and secondary (elementary, junior high and high school). Just based on this, we should realise how much can happen in a year. A year can make all the difference in a child’s life, it can determine if a child will be switched on or switched off from learning and can affect their learning path for the remainder of their academic years.
Teachers truly do impact upon the future and have the power to help children achieve success, no matter what that success might be. We have a massive responsibility, one that needs to be taken extremely seriously because children’s lives are literally in our hands. We have the power to help pave the road ahead of them, therefore it must be our goal to make sure we set them on the right path – even lining it with gold if we are able to!
When your pupils look back over their years with you, how will you be remembered?
It’s now the time to begin thinking about the legacy you will leave……