Wednesday, May 23, 2007

I hope to become a more and more faithful teacher. I want my students to see that I have an undeviating attachment to my work, a loyalty to my profession. Each Monday morning, our school community recites the Pledge of Allegiance to our country, but I feel just as strongly about the pledge of allegiance to teaching. I am a member of the noblest profession of all, and I want to act like it. I want to be constant in my loyalty to my work, and to my students. Shakespeare wrote about being “constant as the northern star” – never changing, always there, forever reliable and steady. Students need a teacher like this, someone who, so to speak, “shines” with a perpetually stable light. To put it even more strongly, I want to be thought of as a staunch practitioner and defender of my profession. I’m involved in the vastly important task of educating young people, and I have to be as loyal and true as a dedicated soldier. There’s no greater fight than the one for the hearts and minds of children, and I’m lucky to be a part of it. What I hope is that I can be constantly faithful to my duties.

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