Welcome to Friday. Welcome to Rejuvenation.
Winston Churchill once said, "Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
As teachers, we are asked to stand and speak and to sit and listen--all of which can take tremendous courage.
Sometimes we need a little inspiration to remind us of that courage. The book Teaching with Heart: Poetry That Speaks to the Courage to Teach can do just that. According to Parker Palmer in the Foreward, "Teaching with Heart is full of good news about our schools...The good news comes from ninety gifted and committed educators, each of whom shares a brief personal story about the teaching life, accompanied by a poem that embodies insights, values, or a vision that helps sustain him or her."
Courageous Teacher, what poems carry those insights, values, or vision for you?
Today, consider taking time to go back to a favorite poem and reflect on it personally or share it with others.