Why CAN’T we reach them all?

I’ve heard many people say something to the effect of ‘if you make a positive change in one kid in your teaching career, then you’ve been a success’. That seems to be a very low bar of achievement. While I suppose that one kid in a career is infinitely better than no kids, it doesn’t seem like that is a terribly difficult thing to do. If an educator is passionate about their craft, then, almost by definition, that teacher is making change virtually every time they are in the classroom. Granted, that change may not be evident in the near term…and that teacher may not ever know about the change…but just by sheer interaction lives get changed.

My current concern is why can’t I make positive changes in all of my kids. I know I’m doing some good this year, but there are several kids that I just can’t seem to reach. While I try to focus on the positives, I find myself wondering what I could do better or different to reach them all. I try to tell myself that I can’t change everything in 54 minutes per day, Monday-Friday, August-June…but I feel like I should be able to.

I love being an educator, and I think I’m becoming a better educator every year…but I’ll never be as good as I wish I could be. 

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