Sunday, April 11, 2010

What We Do

Had a great conversation with a retired veteran teacher last night.

The thing he said that I keep coming back to in my mind:
"It's easy for anybody to point out what a kid does wrong. But that's not what a good teacher does. A good teacher goes out of his way to figure out what the kid does right and then sets the kid on a path of confidence and success."
As I prepare to go back to school tomorrow after a week and a few days of Spring Break, this is exactly the kind of advice I need to keep at the front of my mind. Focus on success, not failure. Turn failure into success and turn success into confidence. Seems like such a simple formula, and yet we as a profession struggle over it over and over again.

1 comment:

  1. When I think about this, I wonder how many people become teachers to get even!


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