Teachers, YOU.ARE.AMAZING! I’ve been fortunate to be spending my days face-to-face with teachers on the front lines; getting to see first hand what classrooms look like right now in the midst of a pandemic and great division among all peoples. I’ve read and listened to newscasts that reveal the laws that are limiting teachers and the consequences that are already taking place. I’ve spent hours with administrators struggling to find teachers, experienced or not, who are willing to place themselves into the many challenges that have been added to this profession.
Yet, you come to meetings with openness and fresh ideas. You receive support and yearn to grow yourself. I am humbled by your willingness to investigate the trauma that you are facing in your own lives so you may discover the dynamic you bring to the classroom born out of your own struggles.
I read a lot of Maria Montessori’s writings to gain insights to our work with children. I read a lot of Brené Brown to find personal insights and inspiration for myself. Brené reads a lot of EVERYONE!
But the following quote finds its way into her heart and her writing so often that in the hundreds of times it's passed through my consciousness, it has become embedded in my own thoughts of courage. It’s been occupying a great deal of reflection space this week as I visit schools, hear the concern and caring of teachers and administrators, and strive to offer them what I am able in terms of support.
You dare greatly each and every day, dear Teacher,…and for that I am immensely grateful.