By Shawn StJean
As we’re reminded on Google’s search page and its YouTube video [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXCH9T5Nnaw] this week, it’s national PTA Teacher Appreciation Week here in the U.S.
The two graphics I’ve chosen are common metaphors that teachers encounter often. Above, a wanderer on a bridge–stuck on the verge of a great leap. If only s/he had some kind of tool–a rope, a grapnel, a helping hand–then crossing might be possible. But who offers such aid in the midst of a barren landscape? Below, the pebble-in-pond ripple effect: as nature teaches us, a person’s actions/interactions toward others can have far-reaching consequences, beyond all individuals involved. A good deed can reverberate and echo far, far beyond any boundary we can perceive.
That’s the choice learners face: To answer those who beckon us to cross, or go back and remain stuck. That’s the choice teachers of all kinds face: To make a commitment, and venture a ripple, a footprint, an impression (choose your image). It might come to nothing–it often does–or it might generate a mighty wave. Only one way to find out.