How are you an Ultimate Awakener?
When I was getting ready for the SOL challenge (and yes it is my first), I knew that people needed to create a blog, which obviously I had not done before. I have followed many bloggers, but now I was looking with a different lens. As I perused other bloggers’ pages, I started to wonder…why that title? Was there a story behind the title? Or was it just something quick, to get it done?
As I sat at my kitchen table, I stared at the WordPress title page. My eyes started to look around at all the other things I should be doing…emptying the dishwasher…getting the laundry out of the dryer…picking up the dog yard…looking at student writing…and then… I glanced down and noticed the bracelet I was wearing.
Needless to say, it has become my favorite bracelet to wear. Only because it is a good reminder of not losing sight of who we really are and what our occupation really calls us to do. A parent gave it to me this January along with the quote from Robert Frost, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener.”
It was right before my eyes – my title.
We are AWAKENERS! We awaken in ways that are not measured on tests. Sometimes, we awaken others years down the road and might never know.
I never liked the title teacher. I think it is because of all the phrases I heard over the years like: “I teach because of June, July and August.” Or “Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”
The list is endless I know.
I do believe that words matter.
So I am asking you, how are you an Ultimate Awakener?
I know we are Ultimate Awakeners because…
- we challenge kids to think for themselves.
- we model compassion by fixing scraped knees and giving hugs after rough days.
- we read books that open the learners’ eyes to the world around them because we know how important it is to grow compassionate human beings.
- we believe that we cultivate the most important seeds, our children.
- we believe in our students’ when they don’t believe in themselves.
Please add to the list, because I know we are not teachers, but Awakeners.