Weekly during the 2014-2015 school year, And There Came A Day will begin the week with a quote and quick thought about Ignatian Education.
“You must think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be.”
Today marks the penultimate (I love that word!) installment of the 2014-2015 volume of Teachers Are Leaders Quote and Comment of the Week. Often we’ve looked at teaching and leading from the “giving” perspective – the idea (a valid one) that teaching and leading are service oriented, outward in nature. And they can, primarily, be viewed in that light.
However, teaching and leading must come from a platform on which the teacher/leader stands, a platform that is built through many things, self-improvement being one of them.
Graduations and end-of-the-year celebrations are upon us. We tend to think of these rituals only in terms of student growth. Good teachers and good leaders can and should mark this time of year as reflectively for themselves as they do for their students. Have they, two, spent the last 9 months practicing the profession in a way that has made them grow ever closer to the person they want to be?
I certainly hope that is the case. the school year wends its way toward its end, it is good to remember the beginning – teaching is less about content and more about process. It is less about the mass of knowledge a student has gained and more about the questions a student can ask.