Anyone classroom teacher can certainly sympathize with the level of commitment it takes to bring energy and excitement to the teaching profession day in and day out. By expressing enthusiasm to your students it helps them share to your excitement for the content. I've had moments that exemplify clarity of purpose and moments of just showing up for another day of work, certainly we can all relate to both conditions during our careers.
We should be sure that our students get the best of what we have to offer so that our profession will never be just another day at the office. Lately I have made some very deliberate changes to my health and nutrition and it has drastically reinvigorated my classroom climate. I know that is because I have the energy and enthusiasm I should have, allowing me keep up with my students, perhaps even surpass them regarding mood and health. I am happy to show curious people what I have done, but that is not the focus of this post.
The reason why it feels important to share this thought is because we need to bring the best versions of ourselves to the classroom. If any of you entered this profession for similar reasons as myself, you want to change the way young people see the world. We want to make the world a better place, invest in the next generation, and help our society thrive for many generations into the future.
Here is my call to action, get up, take a walk, loose some weight, read a book, eat healthy food, follow your passions, make time for new relationships, enjoy the sunshine, and love the life you live. We need to be the best version of ourselves if we can ever hope to teach students to do the same. Our students learn much more by the way they observe our actions than anything they do on a homework assignment. We need to inspire our students by giving them an example of how to live a happy and health life.
Lead by example, take care of your body, develop your character, and become the best version of yourself. It is the only way to teach your students to do the same.
By: Mr. Woodford
I will reflect on ideas and practices I learn through my formative years as a classroom math teacher.