31 Mar Slice of Life: Are You Living Your Life as a Mentor Text for Your Students?
We heard Rafe speak last week at ASCD and since then we have been thinking about his challenge for teachers to be the person we want our students to be. What if we all lived our lives as if we were a mentor text for our students to closely read? What would our students notice? What would they wonder?
The enormity of these questions reminds us of the power of a teacher. The impact a teacher can have on the life of a child. The difference teachers make every day in their students’ education and future. Yes, teachers are responsible for providing exemplary instruction and meeting high standards, but they are also responsible for inspiring and shaping the hearts and minds of the next generation.
It is an awesome responsibility. We think schools, and life for that matter, might be better off if we all lived as if we were a mentor text for those around us to study. What do you want your students to notice about you? What do you hope they will wonder? Do you live your life as a mentor text for the students you teach?
Living a life worthy of our students … we think that is an evaluation with an enduring understanding. What is your perspective? We would love to hear from you.