I'm a good teacher. I really do know that I'm a good teacher. I know my subject matter well - er, I know my English subject matter well, but I suppose I don't know my French subject matter all that well - and I'm well-trained in how to teach it. But I'm not content to just be a good teacher.
I want to make a difference.
I want to be important in someone's life. Not just because they remember Lord of the Flies a little better thanks to my class, but because their lives were genuinely better thanks to me. I want to affect more than just minds - I want to affect hearts. I want to effect change.
Unfortunately, training in how to be an agent of change in the lives of children? Well, it's harder to come by. Because you can train folks all you want, and they still might not be able to do it. It's not about the training - I know that. But what is it about?
Which teachers made a difference in your life? How did they do it? What do you remember of them, and why do you remember it all these years later?
How can I be that to someone in my class?