We Are All In This Together – Episode 043
I have a very important message that I need to you to understand.
One that is echoed in a very impassioned quote from Martin Luther King Jr.
Its something that I have held onto since the first time I stepped into my classroom; something I must remind myself from time to time.
And when you hear this ONE thing, I want you to envision this idea as an integral part of the way you approach your classroom.
In fact, ANYTHING I talk about in this podcast or anywhere in the Seal It With A Smile universe, is content that is designed for you to digest and USE in your classroom. Not because I think it’s a good idea; but because it works! All of my students, both in the classroom and those that have gone through my online course, The Self Driven Classroom: The Queen Bee, use the methodologies, ideas, strategies and mentality that I speak about in these podcasts… not because they are “nice” or “ideal”; but because they WORK!
The ONE thing I want you to walk away from with this podcast:
We are all in this together
Here is the quote from Martin Luther King Jr.
We must all learn to live together as brothers or we will all perish together as fools. We are tied together in the single garment of destiny, caught in an inescapable network of mutuality. And whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. For some strange reason I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the way God’s universe is made; this is the way it is structured.
“Remaining Awake Through a Great Revolution”
Commencement Address for Oberlin College
By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
June 1965, Oberlin Ohio
Growing up as a child in the 1980’s, I saw movies and media that told me teachers were “other”. They were boring, know it all people who didn’t care about me or my well being. I was taught by teachers that were like this; but I was also privileged to be around teachers who actually cared about me, who looked after me, and who took the time and the energy to guide me in the right directions. They saw in me something and encouraged me to move forward. I bring those thoughts into my classroom daily.
You need your kids.
Your kids need you.
I am constantly surprised by anyone who calls themselves an “educator” who easily casts our a child. Who uses their fear to predict the outcome of any child, no matter the age or their situation.
Great stories start with conflict.
And you and your students are in it together.
In fact, YOU put obstacles in their path, that you expect them to overcome, in a small amount of time, sometimes on their own.
You call it teaching.
You PURPOSEFULLY present NEW information to them, which causes anxiety, panic, stress, and cognitive dissonance; a gaping chasm in their psychology. Then you FILL that chasm with understanding… your students work it out, get to a point of understanding… then you hit them AGAIN!
Its kinda like you digging a hole for them, telling them they need to jump into the hole, then you jumping out of that hole, and showing them how they can get out… and once most of them are out of the hole… you do it AGAIN!
If you are a great teacher; you are in the hole with them, working with them one on one, and getting as dirty as they are.
Ineffective teachers; post “how to dig out of the hole” pictures on the board, and then complain when they aren’t getting out fast enough.
You need them.
They need you.
No matter what grade level they are in, these kids will eventually participate in our society. They will eventually pay taxes, work, have children… live life!