There is no dollar value equivalence to helping a student believe in himself or attempting to guide a student to the island of clarity in his moment of peril. No compliment is the equivalent of when a student writes, unsolicited, a teacher a letter or note thanking him for being a part of his journey. These feelings and experiences are more rewarding than any potential personal conquest. One cannot be casual with this most noble of professions. Thus, the more proficiently and comprehensively I can teach literature, the more students will learn more about themselves, their country, and their respective heritages. As an educator, I strive to surpass the responsibilities and expectations of this most awesome privilege. President Kennedy said it most eloquently, “In the final analysis, our most basic link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal.”
When thinking of my interactions with students, I choose to embrace this idealistic perspective.
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