When I was in the classroom my goal was to make a difference in the lives of my students. Now, that my practice spans an entire school building, I strive to make a difference in the lives of my colleagues. A difference that I am always searching for evidence to support. Two years ago, I received the greatest gift from one my colleagues: evidence that I made a difference. A poem written about me, for me. A poem that brought tears to my eyes the day I received it, and reminds me each day of the potential within each of us.
The Power of One
The voices of many remained unheard:
Students too young to ask for better.
Parents too scared to demand more.
Teachers stifled by bureaucracy to attempt more, until One grew tired of being quiet.
A personal challenge,
A voice is uncovered!
Predicting the path ahead was impossible,
Life as we knew it was over.
Every student, parent, and teacher
“All students deserve quality teachers!”
A desire to empower more teachers–
Inspire educators in high-need schools,
Encourage more minority educators to take a risk.
More teachers needed to face the challenge.
“Hold your practice up to the Core Propositions, The Standards, The Rigor.”
“Would you rather be assessed as a learner or a teacher?”
A metamorphosis commenced;
One by one teachers joined in.
The Mitchell 20 (Well, let’s be honest — The Mitchell 17) became a reality!
Supportive in every way –
Facilitator, counselor, cheerleader, videographer, observer, coach
The world we live in is changed forever.
The school we teach in is transformed,
The lives of every future students has forever been improved.
The Power of One
A teacher, a student, a school, a community,
What might your Power of One poem say?