What can I do today that will make a positive and long lasting (possibly life changing) impact on my students? Every dedicated teacher would like to answer this question every day. The answers are easy in many regards but complex as well. As teachers we show kindness, respect and attention to our students. We keep our students safe, become their advocates and give them an opportunity to unlock their potential.
Our actions just by their nature affect quite strongly on our students lives. More actions however are needing to be shown. When we model fairness, problem solving, how to overcome challenges and adversity, we give our students lessons that they can use in their lives outside of the classroom. Additionally, our enthusiasm and passion for what we do and teach, needs to show and be felt by our students.
I know that in real life we have all had teachers that have effected us negatively for whatever reasons. I am not naive enough to suggest that education, schools and teachers are perfect. However, I hope that you have had a teacher that you can remember in a positive way. Perhaps this individual has made a life changing impact on your life. It is most every teachers dream to do just that :)