I choose to be a teacher because it is the only choice that ever felt natural.
I choose to think of my students as family, not numbers, or just kids, but my own.
I choose to let parents in, not exclude their voice, as mine gets excluded sometimes.
I choose to not label students but think of them as individuals who have talents and needs specific to them.
I chose to give my students a voice, to let them know they matter, that their thoughts shape our classroom.
I choose to not be punitive, knowing that trust, respect and relationships will take me much further in this journey.
I choose to have a team because I know that I am powerful in the greatness of others.
I choose transparency and honesty above all so that others may think they can do it as well.
I choose to change when needed, bend when it makes sense, and believe at all times.
I choose to not let labels break me, to not believe in the naysayers, to believe in our system even though it is flawed and fight for change from within.
I choose to let others evaluate because even among our critics we can find ways to grow.
I choose to not be the pebble, but let positivity run my days and smile, laugh and work to make this world a better place rather than one discarded.
3 thoughts on “I Choose”
I choose to care about people, not policy.
Awesome, Pernille!I choose to not let the demands of school interfere with my love of students and their learning.
I choose to recognize and respect each child for their talents and special gifts.