Today was officially the first teaching day of the spring semester for me. I got my first look at how I will be spending my semester. Oh yes, it is going to be a wild ride. I have a whole slew of energetic, thoughtful and engaged students who appear ready to learn.
Yes, this is the scenario an educator dreams about. This is the brass ring you hope will be within your reach. So of course I am going to reach for it. It should be both exhilirating and exhausting! True, I may need to be medicated before it is all said and done, and it may not end the way I hope it will – but like all potentially great endeavors you have to be in it to win it. As hockey great, Wayne Gretzky, once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”
So I’ll put on my crash helmet and bring my “A” game and hope that this semester is the most spectacular teaching experience I have ever had. And even if it falls somewhere on the continuum that is shy of the “most spectacular teaching experience ever” – I can tell you now that this semester with this group of students will be one for the record books.
I am reminded of what a lucky duck I am to get to do the job I do. I love working with students and watching them maximize their potential. I love the moment when they realize that they have everything within them that they need to succeed. I tell them that they are not merely empty receptacles that I pour stuff into and send on their way; they come to me with the things they need and I try and teach them how to use those things (plus a few more) to contribute to the world in the way they want to contribute. They look inward, share outwardly, examine assumptions, expand thoughts, create possibilities, discover their truth, cast off their limits, and find ways to continually envision and re-envision themselves. It is such an exciting adventure to go on with them.
Ah, yes…did I mention that I am a lucky duck…I did, didn’t I…but it bears repeating…lucky, lucky duck – that’s me.
Day nine hundred and eighteen of the new forty – obla di obla da