For most people in my part of the country, the 2014-2015 school year has begun. The previous sentence can bring forth a range of emotions from a variety of people. There are students who are bored over the summer and ready for a change of pace. There are parents who will be glad to have a break from having the kids home every day. There are students who look forward to the opportunity to have two guaranteed meals at school every day. There are teachers who are anxious about the new year. There are teachers who are excited. And there may even be a few teachers who are reluctant to surrender summer to the new school year.
My hope, however, is that we’ll view the new year in a way similar to the lyrics of Kris Allen’s song where he reminds us that “We only got 86 400 seconds in a day.” In school, we’ve only got 174 days (or something close depending on your school calendar). Yes, that’s 174 days to cover the assigned content, but it’s also only 174 days to make a positive impact on each of your students. If you teach middle or high school, that translates into about 174 hours with each student. What will you do with those days/hours? Will you only focus on content? Or, will you, instead, live out this quote by Kim Bearden from her new book, Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me,
“And this is why I teach–to plant seeds that will one day help young men and women grow to be their best.”
Let’s take these 174 days and use them completely. Let’s plant seeds that will bring out the best in our students today, tomorrow, or somewhere down the road in their futures.