Those who can, do. Those who think others can too, teach.

inspiration May 22, 2016

I found this phrase on the tag of a teabag while enjoying a cup that Lisa prepared for me. It has become the foundation of my teaching philosophy and practice, not to mention my response to those who believe that those who can, do while those who can’t, teach (usually credited to George Bernard Shaw).

Unfortunately some teachers validate the later claim. I know I’ve inherited many of their causalities. Students who experienced incompetent instructors or, more frightening, badgering, bullying, and worse by teachers describing themselves as 'demanding.' I have been on the receiving end of both ends of the bad teacher spectrum. Fortunately, I’ve also had some really great teachers who were knowledgeable, competent, patient, and encouraging. They are my role models.

Teachers leave a lasting legacy in the students they teach and the communities they serve. Good teachers honor and respect not only their craft but those that entrust them with their education.

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