Dare to make a difference to your students, your school community, and yourself. When it becomes an adventure, you can’t help but enjoy teaching!
Dare to Make a Difference in Your Classroom
Want something? Get it! The sky is the limit. Whether you want to paint your classroom a vibrant color, buy a pricey sound system, or speak to astronauts in space, you can get it. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
- Seek and ye shall find. Send an email asking if someone has it but isn’t using it. Check in old storage cabinets or unused classrooms. Go to garage sales, school auctions, etc.
- Ask and it shall be given. Appeal to your principal. Put in a work order. Send a letter to the school board (with your principal’s blessing, of course).
- If not, write a grant! Put your idea in writing and submit it to your PTO or education foundation. Research local, state, and national groups that offer grants for requests like yours. Try Donors Choose.
Stick your neck out for the good of a student or your school. If something’s not right, don’t worry or complain. Do something about it. Research then act. There’s nothing more noble than a teacher plowing through bureaucracy to do what’s right.
Dare to make your classroom different. Be that crazy, oddball teacher who marches to a different drummer. Be special.
Dare to Make a Difference to Yourself
Take advantage of great opportunities. Sign up for free and inexpensive workshops or classes. Participate in no-cost summer travel. Explore global opportunities. Join an educational initiative, such as Learn Zillion’s Dream Team. Apply for a fellowship.
Be adventurous. Just make it your mantra. Try that new teaching fad. Climb that mountain. Wear that silly costume to help kids master a tough concept. Live life. Love life. Enjoy teaching.
Dare to Make a Difference as an Educator
Be proud of your profession. Shout it out. Don’t say, “I’m just a teacher.” Instead, roar, “I am a professional educator. It’s the best and most important job in the world!” And it will be true.