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Growth Mindset

This week is Teacher’s Appreciation Week in the United States, where teachers get loads of loot that they probably do not want or need. What they should get is a well deserved pay raise, but we digress. Teachers are an amazing breed, case in point, this week we attended a school play, a middle school play to be precise.

The teacher filled in for three missing students from the sound booth where they also controlled the lights, curtain, cued and generally managed everything. This was the second performance of their day and for the most part, the “actors” failed to learn their lines. It was a very long hour of our life filled with long uncomfortable stretches of silence where students froze and waited for their lines to be whispered to them. The fact that this teacher willingly does this for a living with patience and grace entitles them for sainthood and/or a lot of Starbuck gift cards. Their mental fortitude and general ability to not throw down their mic and run far away from education and children impressed the socks off of us!

Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two loves together. -Scott Hayden

For the past year, a lot of us have had children at home and wow , that has been enlightening. Mostly about how much we missed having our children leave the house for several hours a day and generally not asked questions about information we learned DECADES ago. No, we are not smarter than a 5th grader, we can barely remember how to do 3rd grade math and at times, desperately tried to wrangle older children in to help. No, we do not remember why we use this particular grammatical rule, nor we do not remember how to find the hypotenuse of a right triangle.

One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.
-Malala Yousafzai

Education is an amazing gift, seeing your children or children in your life inspired by a teacher is an awe inspiring experience. Teachers, thank you for what you do. For the sacrifices of time, money and love you pour into a profession that is woefully underpaid. Most of us can look back on a time where a teacher inspired us and helped us become the person we are today.

Education doesn't just make us smarter. It makes us whole. -Jill Biden

A personal experience related to the above quote transpired for us in college. In the days after September 11th, a Business Professor, who had previously given out a very intense, incredibly scary syllabus told us to take it out and throw it away. September 11th made her reevaluate and realize we all had a lot of trauma and sadness to process and that we would stick to the basics in her class: research, projects and a final speech. The exact details are a little fuzzy because undergrad was AWHILE ago, but her humility and empathy remain with us. Her attitude and ultimately her class, taught us that life isn’t a movie, when tragedy occurs, you face it, you don’t hide from it. You pivot and you do your level best.

The fact that you worry about being a good teacher, means that you already are one. -Jodi Picoult

This week, take time to thank the teachers in your life, if you were particularly inspired by a teacher or professor, find them on social media or through the school they taught at. So many teachers do their jobs day in and day out and don’t know the extent of their inspiration and love. Telling them how they inspired you and what you are doing now, possibly because of them, is an incredible gift.

Our fingerprints don't fade from the lives we touch. -Judy Blume

Thank you teachers, thank you for loving, teaching and inspiring us. You helped make us into the people we are today, so if you ever ask yourself, “is what I do important?” Know that to us, the answer will always be, “more than you can ever know!”

Nine-tenths of education is encouragement. -Anatole France

All the best- Team SG

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