As Thanksgiving approaches, I have many reasons to give thanks for being in the education profession.
Teachers Still Matter
No matter what changes have come, or will come our way, teachers still matter. In fact, they matter now more than ever. Teaching is about relationships. The best teachers are those who figure out how to connect with each and every student. Changes in curricula, pedagogy, technology, and standards will never supersede the critical role of teachers in making learning meaningful. The best indicator of student success is still the teacher who stands in front of the classroom every day. I am thankful for that.
Principals Still Matter
Effective leadership remains central to the success of our schools. Principals must provide support to students, families, and teachers. When they do, there is no limit to the good things that can happen. The role of the modern principal is complex. The changes taking place in education can make one’s head spin. Good principals ensure that teachers are not overwhelmed by the external pressures placed on them. They provide stability and reassurance when they are needed most. I am thankful for that.
Parents Still Matter
The partnership between schools and families is as important today as it was fifty years ago. Parents send their best to our schools everyday. They trust us to protect and educate their children. That trust is humbling when you think of the challenge it presents. Nevertheless, when parents and schools collaborate, students achieve at higher levels. Parent involvement remains a key indicator of student success. I am thankful for that.
Students Still Matter
Watching students enter the building every day is one of the most satisfying parts of my day. At the elementary level, students run and even skip to the front door. They say good morning (most of them). They smile, they hug you, and they tell their teachers how much they love them. The other day one of our second grade students sent out this tweet:
“i love this school and i will never forget my time i love my teacher…shes the most awsome teacher in the world.”
Does it get much better than that? The hopes and dreams of our students are as strong today as ever. I am thankful for that.
Education Still Matters
I am blessed to work in a field that serves as the starting point for all professions and careers. I get to see children learn and grow every day. When teachers, principals, parents, and students work together it’s like a symphony concert. The “music” that is made in these schools is passionate and enduring. The education profession still matters. I am most thankful for that.