As I began planning my classroom design over the summer last year, I decided that I really wanted to incorporate a blend of artistry and inspiration. I collected and created several art prints using quotes that are very applicable to high schoolers to hang on my walls.
This print (above) I designed is one of my favorites. The simple design reflects the simple message – be fearful of mediocrity.
Unfortunately, I have seen that actually putting this message into practice is not quite so simple. Many of my students consistently settle for much less than their best. All day long, I constantly remind students of due dates, beg them to come to tutorials, ask them to retest, push them to push themselves. I end many days completely exhausted and totally frustrated by their apathy. One of the most tiring aspects of being a teacher is being a coach, being an encourager.
However, this can also potentially be the most rewarding part of my job.
I love when a student stays after school for help on a paper and then gets her first A. I love when a student comes during lunch to retake a test he scored poorly on. I love when a student tells me he decided to do his homework because of me. I love when a student doesn’t give up even when she feels like a failure. I love when a student comes to talk to me after school to ask for help, not in homework, but in life.
And most of all, I love that I get to be a part of their growth and progress. And I am reminded of why I push myself beyond mediocrity – so that hopefully I can inspire them to do the same.
Click on the links below to download a free 10×15 in. PDF of the print.