Teachers Matter: Choose2Matter

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ed-news-colorThis is a repost from Angela Maier’s Blog–too good not to share.

9 Things Teachers Do Gladly

No matter how many standards you need to check off, how many IEPs you’re monitoring, how many tests your students sit for, or how often you’re asked to shift gears:

  1. You do what you are born to do. You do what you are called to do.
  2. You do what students need you to do.
  3. You make time to touch their hearts every day (4).
  4. You look into students’ eyes, and they see in yours that you love them.
  5. You serve as the voice of reason, courage and hope.
  6. You assure them with your poise and presence that the world is a beautiful place, and that they are beautiful creatures.
  7. You tell them that they matter (5), that they are geniuses, and that the world needs their contribution (6).
  8. You choose your words carefully (7), so that those words help students envision success, stretch their thinking, and advance independent behaviors and actions. Well-chosen, impactful words will stick with your students the rest of their lives.
  9. You TEACH.

Your students need you more than ever. There is nothing that you will allow to get in the way of your changing the lives of your students — for good.

No, it’s not easy being a teacher today, but yes, teachers matter!


Rosemary Manges

Rosemary Manges, Program Coordinator for Inclusive Services, has over 39 years of educational experience ranging from the public school classroom, administration, preparing pre-service teachers at the college level to development of policy at TEA. She is in her 10th year at Region 10.

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