September 23, 2013
A teacher changed my life in 9th grade. To this day, I don’t think she is aware of it. It was probably just another ‘intervention’ for her, but it made a world of difference for me. It is a moment in my life that I reflect upon routinely as I interact with people.
The teacher said one simple thing to me, “Eddie, you can’t treat people that way and expect to get by with it.” That’s it. One simple line. I still remember the setting (algebra class at Evans Junior High in Lubbock, Texas), and I still remember the tone in her voice. She wasn’t even my algebra teacher, but she came to my algebra class, asked me to step in the hallway and spent about 30 seconds intervening in my life.
She left me standing in the hallway with nothing much to say. I went back into my algebra class, and I never forgot what she told me.
You have that kind of impact on students (and others), whether you realize it or not. Spend six minutes watching this video and it might give more meaning to each interaction you have with students, colleagues and parents.
Thanks for your hard work. Always remember, we do our work not so that students will pass a test, but so that they will succeed in college, the workforce, with friends, with family members and as citizens.