SOLC 20 of 31: Staying the Course of Being an Educator

We  choose education as a career to make a difference.

For many of us, our careers started back in our childhood bedrooms with chalkboards or whiteboards and a group of attentive stuffed animals.  We were always helping others in school.  Many of us had key teacher mentors that shaped our admiration for the profession.

With the mandates of today’s education world, the focus on testing performance linked with teacher effectiveness, it’s getting harder to stay the course.  What about the children who are hungry? tired? dealing with large emotional issues that make learning and focusing difficult?  They don’t come into consideration when looking at test scores and teacher effectiveness.  It seems to me, that in an effort to make sure that we continue moving forward, we’ve left some critical education issues behind (those that truly effect student progress).

It all just seems backwards to me: larger classes, less administrators, larger school districts, more mandates, more testing, more observations, new curriculum, new standards.  How can we change it all at the same time and expect to still see success?

Give us smaller classes and we’ll stay the course.

Let administrators be instructional leaders who model, observe and support rather than carryout mandates.

Let teachers get to know their students and get to move them from point A to B and then B to C rather than focusing only on the endpoint of Z.

Help us to stay the course so that we can live out the childhood dreams of commanding a class of attentive stuffed animals and writing on the chalkboard.



  1. JenniferM said,

    March 20, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    I like the positive ending of your post, contrasted with the negatives you describe in the middle. My mom and I were just lamenting those negatives while we were out to lunch this afternoon. Hopefully by staying connected to our values and other educators who believe what we do, we can weather this storm and get through, focusing on positively affecting as many children as we still can.

  2. MaryHelen said,

    March 21, 2012 at 12:13 am

    I like how you made the point of going from point A to B, B to C without jumping to the end so quickly. We must look to the needs of the child and go from there.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: