We are more than just “Teachers”

When people refer to you as just a teacher.. remember this.

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

We all have heard of the great Martin Luther King Jr. I came across this quote while I was doing research for our Theorists papers. This is a pretty recognizable quote. To me it is more than just a few words that just so happened to come out of Martins mouth.

“The Function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.” I agree with my whole heart with this because teaching is NOT just about making sure your students understand the curriculum and subject being taught. Especially in Primary Grades, you are not only teaching them academically you are also helping them with life skills out of school as well. I like to think that when I am finally a teacher that I will be making differences in all my children’s lives in and out of school. Half of teaching is applying your lessons to life experiences that will relate to your students. “Intelligence plus character.” THIS is what teaching is. WE are expanding their knowledge, teaching them basic skills, and most importantly helping them find themselves. To most students we will not be just a teacher. We will take on rolls as friends, counselors, parents, siblings, and a safety net if the need us to be. As I teacher I strive to teach them intelligence plus build their character.

 

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