This month is a great opportunity to remember the teachers in your life and celebrate their passion, their patience and their commitment to your personal journey.
I’ve always hated the saying, “Those who can, do; those who can’t teach.” It was first used as a line George Bernard Shaw’s play, Man and Superman and it has done all of us in the learning profession a great disservice for decades since. I prefer to say “Those who can, had the benefit of great teachers.” I know I am writing to an audience who will agree with me. This month is a great opportunity to remember the teachers in your life and celebrate their passion, their patience and their commitment to your personal journey. When I think of a teacher, I use the term much more broadly than just the folks who taught me in school. I sat down and made a list of everyone who taught me something of value and realized that there was no way I could ever remember and thank them all. But that doesn’t mean that I shouldn’t at least try. So here is my personal list of just a few of my teachers, with many, many, many, many thanks.
- My mom, who taught me how to find the best in every person and every situation
- My dad, who taught me that I could do anything
- Mrs. McEntyre, who gave me my first creative writing lesson in fourth grade
- Mr. Cybulskus, who got me through high school algebra
- Mr. Lyons, who taught me how to love poetry
- Mr. Haas, who introduced me to Plato
- My worst boss ever, who taught me how important it is to respect your employees
- My husband, who taught me how to have fun and be spontaneous
- All of our LearningBinge authors – they are teaching me so much! I can’t wait to share their insights with the world.ected
- My dogs, who are always teaching me how to live in the moment
- Barb Smith, our Learningtogo webmaster and social media guru, who teaches me something new almost every day
- Every person who has ever taken any of my workshops or webinars – I have always learned more from my participants than I ever could have learned in class
Learn more about Teacher Appreciation Week and just start thanking.