Our friends at Planboard, who have generously provided today’s DEN Teacher Appreciation Week gift, have created the #whyiteach movement. Below the video is a story written by Planboard Co-Founder Suraj Srinivas, explaining the reasons behind this awesome movement.
Watch the video, visit the #whyiteach movement website, and contribute your thoughts and ideas. We’d love to have the DEN Community share why you teach.
From Suraj Srinivas:
Teachers inspire me. Ms. L, my Spanish teacher in high school, was the one who convinced me that I should pursuit my passion. I had a slight learning disability and was prone to devastation at the smallest of failures. And yet she convinced me that I could do something I never thought I’d be able to. She did this by bringing passion and dedication to her classroom, each and every single day. She was always there when I needed help. Without Ms. L’s support, I wouldn’t be where I am today.
And I know I’m not alone.
Teachers like Ms. L change the way we think, inspire us to do amazing things, and make us feel important. I know that most of us have been fortunate to have a Ms. L in our lives. We need more of them.
Teaching is not a job. It’s a vocation in the truest sense of the word. Every teacher I know has a strong reason for why they became teachers. Every one of them dedicates themselves in the classroom day in and day out, because they care about us.
We need to highlight these reasons. To change the system, we need to show that it starts with the teacher. That is why I have championed the “Inspire Them” campaign. Together with the Planboard team, I have created an online space for teachers to share their story via photos, videos or short anecdotes. Teachers can also tweet their responses using #whyIteach. We will collate these stories regularly and share them with the world.
Because the world needs to know why you teach.