Five Days in Arizona
(I was honored to be flown to the National State Teachers of the Year Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, on January 21 by the CCSSO. The following entry comes from my Iowa Teacher of the Year 2014 blog at- http://iowatoy2014.blogspot.com/)
How do you take a collage of feelings and put it into words? If I were an artist, I would paint this week with rich vibrant colors like the oil paintings of the Southwest artists – deep reds and vibrant yellows and royal blues. I would shape those feelings into a sculpture with refined lines and rounded edges, gentle curves and flowing strokes. I would write a musical score with sweet cadence and stringed chords, gently resting in the music of the mind. All would be written and created with love for that is what I felt these past five days. Loved. Cared for. Appreciated. Energized. More passionate than ever to tell the story, to paint the picture, of what teachers do every day in their classrooms, in their hallways, in their hearts. A real teacher, a teacher who feels it to the core, continually breathes student names. A real teacher carries students within, both those whom which they were successful and those whom they feel they failed. Those they have reached with a fire for learning and those whom they sent on their way hoping the next teacher could reach. A real teacher’s job is never done. There are always more students to teach, more phone calls to make, more papers to grade, more lessons to plan, more learning to do in order to discover the best way to instruct. Ever growing. Ever changing. Ever discovering about techniques, about student needs, and about oneself.