Recently I read a very thought provoking post by Justin Tarte on his web site “Life of an Educator”. The post listed ten things that teachers should commit to everyday. I shared the post with my staff and asked them think about these things as they reflect on their craft. After sharing these thoughts with them, i started to reflect on my own commitment. What were the things that I value? What are those things that I feel I should commit to every day? Am I reflecting in these on a regular basis? Do they guide my thoughts, actions and decisions? It is a good question for all of us to ask ourselves. Here are the five things I feel I should commit to everyday.
Commitment to Supporting My Teachers
I realized a long time ago that student learning and success is the number reason why we do this job. It took my a bit linger to realize that my teachers and staff are the ones on the front lines making that happen. It is my job to make sure that they have everything they need to do everything they can to help our students.
Commitment to Student Learning
Student learning is different from test scores, lets be clear about this up front. As a middle school educator for over 25 years, I truly believe in the middle school philosophy. I believe that middle school is a time for students to explore, learn, and discover interests that could lead them to their future. I should remain committed to making sure that standardized tests are kept in perspective and that kids have the chance to discover who they are.
Commitment to Me
A little over a year ago, I had some heart issues. Actually, I had the shock of my life and had two blocked arteries. Two surgeries and 8 days in the hospital later, I realized how lucky I was. Since then, I have realized that I have to take care of myself in order to take care of others. Diet and exercise have become a serious part of my routine. Along with that, I have also recommitted myself to learning along with my staff and students. These are two ways that you can make sure you are the best possible you that you can be.
Commitment to What is Important
This is going to vary for each individual. For me, my family and my faith come first. Period. Everything else comes after that. I challenge you to give some serious thought to what is important to you. Make a list. Then post that list some where prominent, so that it is always join front of you. Then, periodically, look at that list and compare what you are putting a priority on and how that compares to your list.
So, these are my commitments. What are you committed to? Leave me a comment and tell me what is on your list.