“Teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.”

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“Teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.”

I picked up this quote from thinkexist.com. It resonated loud and clear with me on this beautiful Friday afternoon. So I ask you, “What did you teach this week?”

Did you teach  patience, understanding, joy of learning, beauty of questioning, desire to conquer? Or, did you teach frustration, stress, anxiety, overwhelm, surface learning?

Reflect for a minute. Ask yourself this question, “What ‘was’ I this week?” Do you like what you see? Would you want the person you were to teach your own child or someone you care about?

I hope you can answer with a resounding YES! But here’s what I know. Too often this is not the case for teachers. The stress of covering material, preparing for tests, teaching programs  that leave no room for teacher judgment or authenticity can put teachers in a place of  overwhelm and passionless teaching.

To get back on the right track take time for you! Don’t spend this weekend grading papers and writing lesson plans. Invest yourself and your time in something you enjoy. See a movie, hug your own kids, play with your dog- or my favorite, ride  your bike.

When you take the opportunity to step away from the grind and fill up your cup, you’ll be much better equipped to share withyour students on Monday. Remember, you cannot fill the cup of others from a cup that is running dry. We fill others from our overflow.

This is one of the principles I teach in my Lesson Plan for Life class: enjoying time outside of the classroom enables you to be fully present and happy when you are in the classroom; teaching by your actions the joys of learning, investigating, seeking and finding.

Listen up! You have permission to play and enjoy. It will make  you a better teacher because you will be teaching “what you are;” a happy, rested, enthused, balanced person. Aren’t these characteristics you’d like to see in your students?Then live it!

You are teaching by your example- whether it is a good one- or not.

| love yourself, students, teaching, work | March 11, 2011

About the author

Wynn Godbold is an inspired educator who stretches herself and those around her to new heights. Her work as a speaker, trainer, and administrative coach carries her across the United States where she spreads her message of inspiring teachers to reach children with authenticity, joy, and success. Her teacher retreats are known to empower teachers to love their lives. Teachers world-wide experience personal growth through the products and packages she offers on line. In June of 2012, Wynn kick started the International Academy of Bee Sharp Teachers. Wynn is Nationally Board Certified in Reading and the Language Arts. She has certifications in Education Administration, Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In addition to running Bee Sharp, she consults for the McGraw Hill Education Group and serves on the Educational Team at Page Turner Adventures. Wynn lives in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with her husband, two sons, and the family dog, JR.

3 Responses to "“Teachers teach more by what they are than by what they say.”"
  • Joanne March 18, 2011

    Great advice and not only for teachers. I see this a lot in the workplace when stress takes hold of people! Self care is so important…

  • Glad Doggett March 18, 2011

    I think could apply to so many of us, not just teachers. Our actions, choices and how we live says much more about who we are than what we say.

  • wynn godbold March 18, 2011

    You ladies are so right! No matter what you do in life- you are what you DO, not what you say!

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