a Thought >>
What does it
take to be a teacher?
This thought by Louis Schmier says it all!!
Be a Teacher
So, here is what I am going to
tell the students about what I think it takes to be, not a history
teacher, but a teacher of anything at any level:
If you want to be a teacher, you first have to learn how to
play hopscotch, learn other children games, learn how to watch a snail
crawl, read "Yertle the Turtle", and watch "Bullwinkle".
If you want to be a teacher, you have to blow "she loves
me, she loves me nots" with a dandelion or pull the individual
petals of a daisy, wiggle your toes in the mud and let it ooze through
them, stomp in rain puddles, and be humbled by the majesty of a
If you want to be a teacher, you have to fall in love each day.
If you want to be a teacher, you have to paddle a canoe, take a
hike, or just get out.
If you want to be a teacher, you have to fly a kite or throw a
Frisbee, make sandcastles, love people, and listen intently to the
rustle of the leaves or the murmur of the brook or the whisper of the
If you want to be a teacher, you have to dream dreams, play
games, talk to the flowers, catch fire flies, admire a weed, walk
barefoot in the rain, hold a worm, and see what is yet to be.
If you want to be a teacher, you have to think silly thoughts,
have a watergun fight, have a pillow fight, swirl a tootsie pop in
your mouth, burn sparklers at night, and see in a tree more than a
mass of atoms or so many board feet of lumber or something that's in
If you want to be a teacher, you have to skip as you walk,
laugh at yourself, smile at others, hang loose, always have an eraser
handy, concoct an original recipe, and inspire.
If you want to be a teacher, you have to fix a bird's broken
wing, tweek the neck of a deflating balloon, to zany things, play with
a yo-yo, and lose yourself in the quiet scenery to find yourself.
If you want to be a teacher, you have to feed the pigeons or
squirrels, sing in the shower or tub, smell the flowers, watch a
spider spin it's web, play with finger paints, and do a belly flop in
If you want to be a teacher, you have to bring joy into
everything, watch in awe a sunset or sunrise, ride on a swing, slide
down a slide, bump on a seesaw, and respect even a cockroach as a
miracle of life.
If you want to be a teacher, you have to ride a bicycle or
roller skate or ice skate, and live today.
If you want to be a teacher, make all those marvelous feelings
and images an intimate part of you and bring them into the classroom
with you and share them.
If you want to be a teacher, as you have to put aside your
formal theories and intellectual constructs and axioms and statistics
and charts when you reach out to touch that miracle called the
individual human being.
That's what I am going to tell my student about what it will take to
be a teacher.