The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.
Let’s make this as simple – and as powerful – as possible . . . teachers create the future. The awesome responsibility of educating the next generation of American leaders falls directly on the laps of those professionals who build the foundation for the future.
We are facing a shift. A shift from providing knowledge to the students in our classrooms to developing learning skills. We are asking more and more of the teachers in our classrooms. It isn’t good enough for teachers to teach skills . . . it is now about skills, application, and persistence. We are asking teachers to differentiate for a more diverse population AND to also cultivate life skills in completely different ways.
We must support and develop these skills in our teachers. We are asking more and more without giving additional time for the additional work load. The best teachers already do this, but it is incredibly difficult and takes a toll. We must see these challenges through the eyes of our teachers.