This post was originally posted on: http://expatteacherman.com/
I offer you greetings, from Big Wave Bay, Hong Kong, on this Sunday afternoon. From today’s twitterverse, I read about how to plot my future in an uncertain world. Living overseas, contract-to-contract, I write. I highly recommend that you follow the work being done on fastcompany. They force one to think deeply. Read on:
What unique value do you bring to the world?
Belief in myself is secondary only to my belief in others.
First of all, how does one answer this in complete seriousness? I do not think that I bring any”unique” value to the world. People tell me that I am “beyond outgoing.” I trust parents. I believe that attention disorder is wildly overrated. I believe that standardized testing, in moderation, is an excellent teacher’s friend. I believe that parents and students should evaluate teachers, each year.
I am optimistic in the future of education and have experienced drastic changes for good since I started earning a paycheck. I believe that teachers matter. I believe that empathy cannot be taught by lecture but through experience. I believe that kids want a structured learning environment but demand to laugh and have a lot of fun, as well. I believe that it is harmful to tell a nine or ten-year old that she has anything wrong with her ability to learn.
I believe that you cannot teach effectively when you are sick or pushed to exhaustion. I believe that we all need help to live a meaningful life. I believe in “kid language” and that sometimes peer tutors are the most effective tools in getting students to learn.
I believe that confidence is what I offer my students more than anything else and that classroom teachers cannot overemphasize impacting real confidence among students. I believe in honoring and not fearing ”tiger moms “ for each successful person has a mom that has fought hard. I believe that “koala mom’s” deserve equal consideration and perhaps listened to even more actively.
I believe that their is little chance for a classroom teacher to compliment a kid too much. There are just so many good things going on in class.
What is my life’s purpose?
My life’s purpose is to help others. For me, I try to do this through teaching. I try to do this by inspiring others to teach. I try to do this by working hard.
What is your personal, plausible future?
Hopefully, my future will be largely what it has always been: optimistic, focused, and in the moment. I am too old to think any other way.
What is your vision and plan of action?
To be determined!