Create, in your mind, an image of a robot.
What does it look like? R2-D2? WALL-E? The Terminator? Something else?
What might it sound like? Mechanical? Emotionless? Cold?
Now picture yourself in a classroom. You are a student. What do you hear?
Do you hear the teacher? What is she (or he) saying?
Is she reading from a textbook? A website? Is she giving directions? Or disciplining?
Robotic or unemotional, like Ferris Bueller's Economics teacher? Is she stiff or mechanical, like Charlie Brown's teacher?
Is she filled with passion, like Rita Pierson? Exciting, fun, and engaging, like Joe Dombrowski? Courageous and strong, like Sakena Yacoobi?
When you begin to feel drained, depleted, robotic—don't think you won't; you will—find a mentor. If not physically, then virtually. If not for hours, then minutes. Find an inspirational video. Read a great book. Connect with an educational thought leader, on Twitter.
Then, connect with yourself. Allow your passion to be ignited. Do something different; do anything different.
When you feel your passion growing, when the fun returns, be courageous. Be strong. And share.
Share your journey on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube. Become a mentor, an inspiration, for someone who really, really needs it. Alfred Mercier once said, “What we learn with pleasure we never forget." I believe this statement is no more true for students, as it can be for educators.
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