“It is an absolute human certainty that no one can know his own beauty or perceive a sense of his own worth until it has been reflected back to him in the mirror of another loving, caring human being.”
― John Joseph Powell, The Secret of Staying in Love
Today is September 11th. As I reflect on another event that took place at the World Trade Center on this tragic day in 2001, I am moved with great compassion for those who lost loved ones, friends, and co-workers. But, I am moved even more by the unselfish love that was shown by firefighters, police, and EMR personnel for people that they did not even know personally. Some of them gave up their lives for complete strangers. It makes you take a mental calculation of those people in your life that are of great value to you and hopefully reaffirms the value of human life in general.
That kind of dedication to your profession is admirable, yet educators also make life-changing sacrifices every day. In our last blog, I talked about the numerous tasks that a teacher has to perform. Well in this post I am bringing attention to the vast number of hours they spend inside and outside of a classroom preparing to teach. These hours are often spent with students, fellow teachers, department heads, and administrators. It stands to reason, as a result, that relationships are formed that make the school day a bit easier and inner classroom woes a little less heavy to bear.
Schools often become their own small cities. Each school has its own distinctive culture. Teachers, students, administrators, and parents partner to bring the best possible education to the children that have been charged to their care. When that school culture is fostered by positivity and possibility thinking than everyone benefits.
Merriam Webster Dictionary defines camaraderie as “a spirit of friendly good-fellowship.” The school day goes by much faster when you have the assurance that “good fellowship” is at the heart of your school culture. Educators should strive to foster a friendly, caring, school environment, not just for the benefit of the students they serve, but for those that serve along with them.