Amidst the circuitous, excessive, intensive, unmitigated, and never-ending teacher assessments, why hasn’t someone uncovered a way to evaluate a teacher’s heart?
It’s too bad we can’t find those special teachers with huge hearts because I’m convinced that if we could find those special teachers, study them, and then replicate them, we would resolve all of the problems with public education.
Teachers with heart are those caring, diligent, intelligent, dedicated, and optimistic teachers who love kids when kids are at their worst, who believe in kids long after the kids no longer believe in themselves, and who continue to find enthusiastic ways to reach kids even when they must conduct state-mandated reviews, tests, activities, etc., etc. etc.
Teachers with heart are the unforgettable souls at the front of the classroom who truly change lives.
I thought about teachers with heart today as I read Matt Halpey’s Look At My Happy Rainbow, a wonderful blog from a kindergarten teacher. Although my students are 17 and 18, I still read Matt’s blog about five year olds because it makes me smile. Indeed, Matt has a teacher’s heart, and his daily posts illustrate his love and concern for his students, love and concern that truly change lives. I have recommended Matt’s blog to all of my former students who are or who want to become teachers.
If you want a daily moment where you can forget your troubles and take a glimpse inside the world of five year olds and a teacher who gently leads them, please set aside time to read Matt’s blog.
Look At My Happy Rainbow!
It may not change your life, but I guarantee Matt’s blog will brighten your day, make you smile, and remind you of the importance of a teacher’s heart.