Our little school had a “character day” where we learned about character and what characteristics make a person have character. We split into multi-grade mini groups and talked about characteristics (we had a word bank) and which ones we think we have, and what characteristics we think we need to work on to improve our character. We also had to define a few words that my students knew, but they didn’t quite know how to express the word’s meaning.
In my little group of eight students, I have taught (or am teaching) six of them. So when it was my turn I asked the group of six what characteristic (in their opinion) describes me. The vote was unanimous: I am determined.
I must say that I agree– I am determined.
I am determined to give my students the best education. I am determined to give it my all everyday. I am determined to be the light in someone’s day. I am determined to make the world a better place to be. I am honored that my students think of me as a determined individual.
How do I show determination? That is a very good question. I show my determination when I leave my house at 6:30 AM and make the fifty minute drive to school. I show determination when I ask my students “how are you,” and when I give high-fives in the hallways. I want my students to know that I care. At the end of the day, my students should have learned something, yes, but they also should know that someone, anyone, in their school cares how their day went.
“Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.”
I think it is awesome that my students think that I am determined. The other contenders for my feather included: loyal, caring, and kind. I feel like I am determined to show those characteristics to my students. I am determined to create an environment here at school that showcases characteristics such as loyalty and kindness. I am determined to be the best teacher I can be, and I embrace the journey.