Education doesn’t need billions of identical teachers doing identical things in identical ways. Education needs YOU. It needs ME. It needs the crazy mismatched unique patchwork of people that make up a school. It needs people who speak quietly and people who shout. It needs people who love to learn in a hands on way and people who love to take notes. It needs them all. Because it’s only in that fiber of differences that we are able to reach each and every single kid who passes through our doors.
Most of all? It needs people who have the courage to follow their hearts, dreams, goals, and desires to be exactly who they are, no matter what. And that would have been a great tip in my early days of teaching. But nevertheless, a great tip that’s never too late to learn.