Teachers Are Bridges


Teachers are a bridge. On one side of the divide this bridge is over
is this massive group of young people who have little if any interest in geometry, or
photosynthesis, or how the government works, or how to collaborate, or reading books, seemingly
uninterested in gaining new knowledge and skills. And on the other side of the divide is this
knowledge and those skills that can transform the students, and as result, transform the
world. But there is a divide. Teachers are the bridge. Sometimes this bridge doesn’t have to be
huge. Maybe the teacher tells engaging stories,
greets every kid at the door when they walk in every day, gives students choices and allows
them to have ownership of their learning, isn’t afraid to act silly and even human
with their students, tries new ways to capture their students’ attention. Not a huge bridge, but effective. And sometimes the bridge is massive, and the
teacher designs big elaborate projects to engage their students, runs through ice water
in 25 degree air when they lose a bet to their class, stays after school every day to work
with a student so that they can pass, keeps food in their desk for those kids who come
to school hungry, sometimes pours every ounce of their energy into making learning memorable
for kids. These bridges can look very different, but
the point is, we need more of them. We need more people who can connect either
side of the divide, who are constantly exploring new ways to get students across, who can be
those figures in our young people’s’ lives, walking alongside them, helping them grow
and transform so that they can go out and have a tremendous impact on the world. Teachers are bridges. However, bridges need support. If we want our bridges to be strong and effective,
and hold the weight of our students, and as result, the rest of society, then society
needs to realize how important these bridges are. So please, take just a moment and thank a teacher for being a bridge. Stand with those teachers and then support them. And if you are a teacher, then thanks for being a bridge.

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