There is an old story by Loren Eiseley about a person walking along a beach picking up starfish that had washed ashore. An observer who sees the person says, “Why are you doing that? You’ll never be able to help them all?” and the person replies “it made a difference to that one”.
If you are anything like me, as an educator I spend a great amount of my day focusing on my starfish. It's one way that I am motivated to do this important work; but, recently I started wondering about the person throwing the starfish back to sea. Doesn’t their arm get tired? Knowing we make a difference is critical to this challenging work; but, how does one keep going through the eye when the hurricane is roaring upon them?
In a recent survey by our 100kin10 collaboration team (myself and 100Kin10, NNSTOY, Danielson Group, and Teaching Channel), 98% of teachers reported feeling that social emotional development is important to their role as an educator. Two 100kin10 partners, Dana Center and Agile Mind Academic Youth Development programs, share that “we know that when educators change the culture of learning and proactively shape their students’ academic identities, students can transform their achievement”. What if changing the culture and narrative for students also means, changing the narrative for teachers? So, we asked YOU and below are some of the exciting ideas and themes that emerged. Of our 112 participant pool, many of them reported using these practices to support them in their role and on a daily basis. Please do download our infographic and use it to help ignite new ideas, practices, and ways of nurturing yourself to continue to support our students.
We hope this improves your days ahead!