Guiding the work in progress

I saw this video mentioned on a post in Google+. It was to inspire teachers on the eve of World Teachers Day.

I found so much to agree with the ideas expressed ion the video. The child as a work in progress, the need to guide and nourish so that they can become the people they have the potential to be.

It made me think though about how many teachers actually agree with these ideas and see themselves in the way that the teacher is portrayed in the video. I know that I have taken a journey as a teacher to reach the awareness that teaching is not about filling empty vessels. I have learnt that teaching is not about me and my performance on the “stage” in the classroom. I have learnt that every child has potential and that there is something inside of them that is screaming to get out be it a great sportsman, an artist, a scientist or a salesman.

My wife and I met friends at the weekend and they talked about their athlete daughter who had such a hard time in school because she was not conventionally “academic”. I spoke about my interest in the ideas of Sir Ken Robinson and told them I would send them a copy of his book “The Element“.

“It’s a shame I didn’t know you twenty years ago,” one of our friends said, in appreciation for my words in support for her struggle to get teachers to understand her daughter and her daughter’s needs.

“That would have done no good,” I said to her, “because I was a different person…a different teacher twenty years ago.”

Only when you realise just what can be achieved and just what part you really play in putting the jigsaw puzzle that is the child together can you really appreciate what the video is trying to express.

To all my great, hardworking colleagues out there… try to understand and have a great World Teachers Day.

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