Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Have Hope

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Some people say that they are tired of fighting.  That this is the end of education.  That the reform has gotten so far out of hand that there is no more room for common sense, for creative thinkers, for partnership.  Some people say that our students will suffer, and yes I agree, but some see no end to it all.  No winning, no change, just more tests, more papers, more, more, more - with less.

I say there is hope.  That amongst all of this fear, all of this uncertainty, we can still look at our students and see that spark.  That they know we suffer through testing with them and we teach them to be resilient.  We teach them that sometimes life asks you to do things that  make no sense, and we must get through it with grace, valor, and creativity.

So when it all seems to be too much, too crazy, too little, too late, think of the students.  Think of what we do for them every day when they enter their rooms at school, when we tell them good morning, when we end the day by saying thank you.  Thank you for being part of this, thank you for being part of something that is bigger than us, for placing your faith in me as your teacher.  For placing your faith in this school and this wonderful learning journey.  Have hope; our students do every day.

4 comments:

Curt Rees said...

Great post PR. The pendulum keeps swinging in education and it certainly has swung to the crazy side right now. Things will come back to normal in due time and I hope we are better then as compared to right now. Frequently we educators like to be Chicken Little and think that the end is near, but it never will be. Things will be different, but kids and grownups always need to learn, and we know how to facilitate that learning. This is a political cliche, but we educators need to "take back the narrative" and give our voices to the true current state of education and to also lead the change for the needed reforms. Most educators want changes and improvements, so let's lead the charge instead of those who are anti-ed and anti-equality. It seems like the "reformers" who get the most publicity have never taught in a classroom (or at least not in an extended stay). Why don't we have "real" teachers in front of the cameras? That's my $.02. Curt @wiscprincipal

Mrs Ripp aka 4thGrdTeach said...

Thank you Curt, what a thoughtful comment. I agree that we must continue to lead and believe that we are changing it for the better instead of just rolling over and having it happen to us. The pendulum always swings, you are right.

photomatt7 said...

I tend to agree, that someday everything will return to what we consider "normal" - but by then, how much damage will have been done? Will our children grow up in this culture and be badly affected? Will we still be working?

For now, we just have to be able to come in everyday and face our classroom without worrying so much about the stuff going on above us. I tell myself that all the time. It's our colleagues who can't do that that are under the most stress and feel the most powerless.

You need to do the most and the best you can do given everything else.

Gino said...

Nice post, Pernille

A teacher’s task is not only to engage students’ imagination but also toconvince them that they are people of worth who can do something in a very difficult world. Central to this belief is our responsibility to instill in our students (and our colleagues) the sense of hope.

This hope arises because of our sensitivity in understanding that interactions with students always have a significance beyond the immediacy of a particular situation; it arises because we design classrooms that encourage reflection,introspection and a sense of belonging.

We create contexts where hope can flourish - that the "real" teacher that Curt writes of (now cue the camera!).

 

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