If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people together
to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them
to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”
“Quand tu veux construire un bateau, ne commence pas par rassembler du bois,
couper des planches et distribuer du travail, mais reveille au sein des hommes
le desir de la mer grande et large.
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry―
Today was a day of shared feelings and thoughts. It was a day when needs were opened and answers were brainstormed together. It was a day of working together, a day when it took more than one to accomplish what needed to be done.
I needed help in coming up with a plan for a special student whose needs often require an extra amount of wisdom and patience. Balancing the needs of many children within a class can be challenging when a single child has such high needs.
My discouragement and need to ask for assistance softened my heart appropriately for time with another teacher who needed what I could offer. In turn, she taught me more than she realizes in our time together.
The wonderful thing about working together was finding the shared light glowing in our eyes as we talked about the students we both wanted to reach to the best of our abilities. We talked about how to meet goals in a way that would ignite a passion for learning in the students.
True teaching is not just something we do for our students though. As colleagues, working together, we are teachers and learners. It is how we grow in our responses to our students. It is how we model lifelong learning. It is how we become more aware of our own possibilities so we can encourage our students to grow.
My mindful gift today is the teamwork that can come when colleagues share needs and knowledge with each other to help each other.
“Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners,
and the love of bringing the first two loves together.”
― Scott Hayden―
“A good teacher has a love of teaching. A great teacher has a love of learning.”
― Vikrant Parsai―
“You teach me, I forget. You show me, I remember. You involve me, I understand.”
― Edward O. Wilson―
“The more you know the more you need to learn.”
― Steve Ahn―
“The enemy of learning is knowing.”
― Steve Ahn―
“True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which
they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing,
joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their
― Nikos Kazantzakis―