Beverly C. Bacuso
They say that those who can’t do, teach. But as any good educator knows, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Teaching is not just a profession – it’s a calling, a passion, a way of life. And to truly excel as a teacher, one must be highly intentional about their growth and development. While some might view teaching as a static profession, the truth is that it is constantly evolving. New technologies, pedagogical techniques, and educational theories are emerging all the time, and as teachers, we must be willing to adapt and change along with them.
Intentional growth is the key to staying relevant and effective as a teacher. By seeking out new knowledge and experiences, challenging ourselves, and constantly pushing the boundaries of what we think we know, we can become the best possible versions of ourselves as educators. Of course, intentional growth is not always easy. It requires a willingness to be vulnerable, to admit our weaknesses and work on them, and to seek out feedback and constructive criticism from others. It requires us to step outside of our comfort zones, to take risks and experiment with new ideas and approaches.
But the rewards of intentional growth are immeasurable. As we become better teachers, we also become better role models for our students. We can inspire them to be lifelong learners, to embrace challenges and overcome obstacles, and to never stop growing and evolving. As the great philosopher Confucius once said, “The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.” Let us commit ourselves to intentional growth, to unlocking our own personal excellence as teachers and human beings, and to creating a brighter future for ourselves and for those we teach.
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