Teachers Plant Seeds of Knowledge
A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~Henry Adams
Teacher Appreciation Week – It’s a week to say thank you and to reflect about the difference teachers make. Teaching is hard work, and words of thanks are always appreciated; however, we didn’t enter the profession for fame, glory or thanks, we became teachers because we care about children and see their potential. We see the promise of the future in each student in our classroom. It’s a promise that teachers, working with parents, will bring to fruition.
We teach because we know that we will, indeed, “affect eternity.” Teaching is as much about the future as it is about the present. William Buffett said it very well when he said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” That’s what teaching is all about – planting seeds of knowledge so our country will fare better in the future by having educated citizens.
Of course, we care about the present, too. Students and teachers spend a majority of their waking hours together – learning and growing. We become like a family. Listen closely the next time you hear a teacher talking about his or her students. They don’t say “the students,” they say “MY students.” Students have a special place in our hearts.
It is fitting that out of the 52 weeks of the year, one week should be set aside to honor and appreciate teachers. Thank you for what you do and, especially, for why you teach – YOUR students.
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