Congratulations on the completion of another school year!
As the school year officially comes to an end, many of you are closing down classrooms and reflecting on the successes and challenges of a year gone by. Soon, you will begin preparing and planning for what is sure to be a new school year filled with even greater success.
Although it may sometimes seem that no one notices, your students and their parents do realize the profound impact you have had on their lives. For some students, you see these changes immediately over the course of the year. For others, your lessons may not hit home until years later, at which point they will look back and remember where the initial seed was planted… right there in your classroom. For many teachers, that is the most rewarding part of the job, knowing that those transformational moments will occur in their students’ lives, even if they are never around to see it. In this way, you are truly a hero for your students, providing them with the tools that they will need now and later in life. Heroes come in many forms, and while most of us have heroes in our own lives, it can be hard to think of ourselves as a hero for another.
Be sure to review this month’s lesson plan which helps you and your students share your thoughts about what makes someone a hero and, subsequently, to develop a plan to become a hero for someone else. This is one lesson that you and your students will have a lot of fun with. Also, be sure to review our Today in Education section, where we highlight interesting articles about other teachers all over the country, including an article this month on a school principal from New York who challenged his staff to teach poetry using texting.
I wish you the best during the summer and hope that you find some well-deserved time to relax and recharge. Be on the lookout for Leadership Link to return the first week of September.