Brad Patterson posted the following question on his blog:
“Physicians have an oath, as do lawyers and politicians. Many organizations have mottos. What about teachers?”
Now I really do agree with all the inspiring things people have been writing in the comment section of his post.
In fact that’s the reason I’m writing this comment on my own blog – there is such an upbeat, motivating feeling there that I don’t want to influence the mood…
However, I believe that whatever a teacher chooses for the first part of the oath, the second part should be as follows:
I hereby solemnly swear to remember that teaching / learning is a “two way street”. I will memorize the words of the poet Shel Silverstein who said “This bridge will only take you only halfway there”. I won’t forget that what I do in the classroom is not the sole factor influencing the students’ learning process. I promise to get up every morning and start the whole thing again so that I can say at the end of the day – I’m proud of me. I did my best.