Today after school I was asked to speak to a group of student teachers about my experiences as one, and as a new teacher. A handful of us, maybe five total, bestowed our extensive wisdom on the young'uns.
We were given a few parameters for the discussion - what should they watch out for, what we remembered most, what we wished we'd known, what the best parts were. We all talked a lot, and I think I'll do another post with some of the specifics we included, but a lot of the conversation came down to one thing.
Build 'em. Keep 'em. Treasure 'em. The relationships are what make teaching worth it. They're why we bother. They're what matter. We all agreed.
As my school struggles with how to revamp our schedule to better serve our students, I hopewishpray that those in charge take some time, think back to what it's like to be a teacher, remember how much those relationships matter, and find a way to keep them.
Our teachers and our students deserve that.
(Image credit to lumaxart)