It’ True!: I Teach Because I Can’t Do Anything Else!

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Welcome to a posting dedicated to a world of great educators. I hope you find this reflection one that you enjoy and share with others! Please consider following me on twitter (@mjormans) and we can teach each other! Have a wonderful week! – Mike
Ok, so it’s true! I have spent thirty-two years teaching because I cannot do anything else! To be honest this is something I have recently learned, something I did not know when I presented my very first classroom lesson! I actually began my undergraduate career in the College of Business with an eye on marketing. In the early stages of my teaching career I became licensed to sell securities with the idea of becoming rich! Little did I know that because I could only teach, I would find richness beyond monetary wealth! I dedicate this list of reasons to all of those great educators who teach, because they cannot do anything else!
I can’t be a banker or work in the financial business because while I might enjoy counting money and financial growth, I would rather count and measure the success of my students.
I can’t be a doctor or dentist because because while I enjoy seeing people smile as they leave and are healed, I get even more satisfaction if I see a smile when they first sit down.
I can’t be a professional athlete because while I do enjoy competition, I get even more satisfaction coaching young people to play each game with honor, integrity, and respect.
I can’t be a computer programmer because while creating new digital applications is exciting, finding ways to integrate technology to inspire real learning is rewarding.
I can’t work in agriculture or landscaping because while supplying food and natural beauty is appreciated by all, I enjoy planting seeds of life-long learning knowing that it will nourish one’s life.
I can’t work as a cook or chef because while I appreciate the art in a great meal, I most enjoy finding just the right ingredients that allow for a child’s success.
I can’t work in sales or marketing because even though I have learned from their great people skills, I would rather sell students on their abilities and possibilities.
I can’t be a pilot even though I appreciate them as I travel to new places, as I would rather facilitate young people as they climb in altitude and arrive at new destinations.
I can’t be an artist despite my appreciation for the beauty they bring,as I have found that my art is the ability to inspire and nurture children as they discover their innate abilities.
I can’t be a scientist or inventor because, while am aware of the great advances they bring, I wish to create innovative learning experiences that always end in success.
I could go on and on! As you can see, I really do appreciate all of the other professions and realize there are so many more I can’t do. After all, as teachers we really are preparing students for what they will do best in the world. Possibly in the future those we teach will not be able to do anything else, because we have assisted them them in becoming the very best at what they do! As I continue my journey I have expanded my teaching horizon and understand that genuine educators, whether they be teachers, administrators, or educational consultants, continue to teach and inspire others, because they really can’t do anything else.
Thanks for joining me on another journey dedicated to learning in the 21st Century! As always I invite you to follow me on Twitter (@mjgormans), I will return the favor and we can teach each other! I also encourage you to visit my21centuryedtech Wiki! I will keep sharing, teaching, and facilitating all learners, after all, I can’t do anything else! – Mike

The following was originally published December 30, 2009 at
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Happy New Year! I would like to thank all of you for your kind words and support as I have entered this world of educational blogging! Please continue to write and comment! As we enter a new year and new decade, I was thinking the other day about educational headlines -headlines we might like to see, headlines we might actually see, and headlines that might just be fun! While I am not suggesting any of them will become a reality, it is always exciting to dream and imagine! I wish all of you the very best as you enter a new year! Keep up the great work in our schools, you really are the best! If you happen to think of a headline, please share with all of us and have a wonderful New Year! As always please join me at my 21centuryedtech Wiki! – Mike (
No Child Left Behind Succeeds! New Program Will Now Focus On All Students - NCLB has many admirable qualities and has made a strong attempt at improving US education. There needs to be strategic focus on all children and their neccessary academic gains !
National Leaders Take Note : New Study Suggests Standardized Tests May Not Measure Real LearningWhile this is a well known fact to classroom teachers, wouldn’t it be wonderful if non-educators not trained in the field of education but making educational decisions would also become aware.
Internet Filter Companies Declare Bankrupcy As School Officials Learn That Blocking Internet Content May Also Be Blocking 21st Century Learning - While there needs to be a practice that protects children as they use the internet, many schools have bent over backwards trying to make the collaboative environment all but impossible for students and teachers.
New Study Finds That Improperly Used Smartboards May Contribute to “Sage On The Stage Syndrome” - Smart Boards are great tools for teachers to use to present ideas in highly engaging ways. Schools need to provide professional development that involves student use and also provide funds that give students the proper tools to create and design around a student centered curriculum.
Teachers Forced To Rewrite Web Literacy Curriculum After Legitimate Discovery Of The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus - It would just be fun to see one of those fake sites actually become a reality. I chose the Tree Octopus because I am not sure if cats and bearded men will ever find a resolution, whales may consume to much of Lake Michigan’s habitat, and dihydrogen monoxide still makes me laugh!
Amount Of Information Surpasses a Googal : Google Considers New Name - IBM predicted that by 2010 the amount of information would double every eleven hours. At that pace a googal may actually be small in the near future. Is that why Google came out with a new tool called Google Squared?
New Brain Research Reveals That The Left And Right Brain Work Together As One Brain - Ok, Daniel Pink has already revealed a whole new mind. Educators must find ways to teach and enhance both hemispheres. After all, we have always known that we need two halves to make a whole. Right?
Educators Learn Christopher Columbus Was Wrong, The World Is Flat : How Do Schools Tell The Kids? – It’s about time that educators not only learn this lesson that the business sector has long been stuggling with. It is also time to teach the kids more about this new economic model of the twenty-first century
Government Officials Take New Approach: Allocate Adequate Funds To Facilitate Educational Mandates - Wow, there really is more to educational legislation than passing laws. This could turn into an interesting process!
World Wide Effort Placing Education And Children As Top Priority Results In Movement Toward “Peace On Earth “- Not only does this effort result in world peace, but health, energy, environment, food, and poverty are also addressed! No further editorial needed!
Happy New Year ! – Mike