Our motto at the Allazo Group is “Educating for Empowerment”. We don’t just believe that is OUR job, but we believe it to be the opportunity and responsibility of everyone in the sacred calling of a teacher. As the new school year approaches, I feel the excitement in the air and the anticipation for another opportunity to once again empower the rising generation. In the beautiful words of Nelson Mandela, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” With the spirit of changing the world through the changing the world of our students, I wanted to share a few things to remember for the upcoming school year.
- When it is all said and done, your students will remember how much you care. I remember one year in the classroom I had a student that did everything I could to press my buttons. He misbehaved, yelled across the class, you name it. I tried my hardest to care about him and thought about all the reasons he might have been acting out. The school year came to an end, and I had not really seen much change in his actions. I came to the conclusion that he acted out, and that was that… or so I thought. Just a week ago I got a note from this student thanking me and telling me that no teacher ever cared about him as an individual the way I did. Those are the kind of feelings and lasting change that money can’t buy.
- Remember how it is to be a student! When I am speaking across the world, I often forget that what I am teaching comes so natural to me, but may not come as easy to others. One exercise I use to keep everything in perspective is to take something complicated to me, such as replacing a piston in a car, and watch a Youtube video on it without pausing it. In the end I am almost always confused, and probably haven’t understood near what the creator of the video intended. That helps me to understand students and how they might feel when I am explaining concepts that seem easy to me.
- It’s OK if you’re not perfect. Most teachers loved school themselves. Sometimes they are perfectionists. Your students don’t need an example of perfection when it comes to the perfect lesson plan, the perfect classroom or the perfect example of eloquent presentation. What your students need is an example of high integrity and diligence. If you can do that, and strive to improve every day, you will be successful.
I wish everyone the best of luck in the upcoming school year. You truly are changing the world one student at a time! Here at the Allazo Group, we are here to help you every step of the way!