This. Exactly this.
I didn’t become a teacher so I could test my students into submission. So I could talk about them as data points and chart their growth on a spreadsheet.
I didn’t become a teacher so that I could make students cry. Or make them smile on command, make them sit still, make them schedule their breaks to my own benefit. Punish them into submission while I wondered why they seemed so disengaged.
I didn’t become a teacher so I could tell children which books they couldn’t read, where they couldn’t sit, and who they couldn’t work with.
I became a teacher so that I could help students make their voice louder. Help students believe more in themselves. Help students grow, learn, and thrive.
I became a teacher to help students find the guts to say, “This is what I need, this is what I want.”
I became a teacher not to…
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