Today I’m in Athens, Greece. Here I’m reminded of the proud tradition of teachers. Visiting the Academy of Plato, I think of his great teacher, Socrates. Socrates’ student, Aristotle. Aristotle’s student, Alexander the Great. Sir Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen father than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”.
Teaching is a human endeavor. I know no teacher who chose the profession for the money. Teachers teach to make a difference, and because a teacher made a difference for them. I chose teaching because a great teacher encouraged me to explore my interests, examine my inner-life, and pursue my passions. She served as an example that I can inspire change. I can work toward a better future.
The Waldof method instructs teachers to imagine who are students will be in the future. In teaching I hope to likewise inspire my students to achieve their potential and attain fulfillment. I trust my students too will strive to make a difference in the world. Our lineage is an important inspiration and a touchstone to remind us to see the future in our students eyes.
What teacher made a difference for you? How do you imagine your students’ future? Leave a comment.