America is a land of rainbows. Its horizon is filled with radiant vistas and its communities are peopled in artistic palates of colors. We savor its freedoms and protections.
We also face its complexity: challenges to our daily lives, to making a living, to raising a family, and to finding a healthy balance.
Families struggle with these challenges and children are only a part of their big picture. And, this is where teacher heroes come in and where we need to support teachers!
Teachers build their careers around children. We effectively assess students’ needs. How can we best motivate them? What are the developmental issues of each student? What are the family dynamics for each child? How do students learning styles vary?
Teachers never leave their “classroom.” That’s right – teachers bring their work with them everywhere. The children, the curriculum, technology … they are always on our minds! A teacher’s dining room table is set for lesson plans. The place settings are food for the mind.
Teachers protect children from a bombardment of distractions. Our commercialized society is enticing and seductive. Teachers shield children from the negative influences that abound. We accomplish this by creating learning environments that thrive on imaginative thinking.
Teachers support families. Given societies’ pressures, teachers are a steady support for parents torn by economic burdens and materialism. Some families have spiritual communities, some do not. Teachers embrace their students’ families to offer guidance and emotional sustenance.
Teachers nurture their own souls. To sustain us is a critical challenge. We must attend to our inner core, to keep our flames burning strong.
Teachers are heroes because we are givers amidst commercialized takers.
Teachers are heroes because we promote respect for our great nation, champion its values, and shine light on individual growth.
Teachers are heroes because we never give up on a child!