As we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, we’re inspired by poet Robert Frost. When Robert Frost said, “I am not a teacher, but an awakener,” he was describing a philosophy of teaching that refutes simply filling students with facts. During Frost’s nearly 50 years of teaching, he was able to influence his students because his approach focused on developing their ability to think critically and generate their own ideas. Robert strove to be the type of teacher that "gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies."
Teachers help students to open their own minds and see the possibilities ahead. For example, Keith Knight had never thought of pursuing his passion for doodling as a career until a teacher told him, "You should be totally doing a syndicated cartoon.” That teacher shone a light on a path that Keith did not know existed. As a result, Keith dashed forward, becoming a nationally syndicated cartoonist. In the Day in the Life video here, Keith describes his pathway.
During teacher appreciation week, please join us in celebrating educators worldwide. They inspire students on a daily basis, thereby awakening our students to future possibilities.