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Kryptonite, anyone? April 26, 2010

Posted by Barbara in Uncategorized.

Teachers have super powers. They do. Most of the people we interact with during our lives are forgotten with the passage of time, but almost everyone remembers a teacher or two.

We remember the teachers who touched our hearts with encouragement and respect. Respect is so very important because children and teenagers are seldom given the chance to feel it fully. Respect from a teacher made us feel that we were important and that we could succeed. And, at least in that class, we likely did. Sometimes, the impact of that respect lasts our entire lives and breeds the self-respect that gives us strength to make the good choices.

We also remember the teachers who abused the power they had and left a path of destruction through our hearts.

As spring approaches, with the pressures of grades and testing matched only by the pollen count and the kids anticipating the approach of summer freedom with less and less restraint, it must be difficult for any teacher to maintain sanity. But, if you are a teacher, you have such power.

Please, wield it with care.

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ~Henry Brooks Adams



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