I have had the opportunity to spend time with educators in every province and territory in Canada as well as the majority of the states in the United States of America. I’ve worked with people in every role in the system and with folks who cover the career range from first year teachers to those about to retire. The vast majority of these people are making a difference in the lives of the students they serve.
My message in tenet #3 is simple. You have been recognized for the contributions you can, or have made which has resulted in you holding the great job you currently have. I believe we hire the best and the brightest to be educators. But here’s the point of this tenet – keep making those great contributions. Don’t stop pushing the envelope, leading the charge, or whatever metaphor drives what you do. Don’t rest on your accomplishments but instead continue to be the inspirational educator your students and colleagues need. While it may be your twenty-fifth year as an educator, it’s the first year the current students have you and they deserve the best version of you.
The low hanging fruit can be reached by anyone. It takes a special talent to get to the good stuff.