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.

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