TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK
I have come to believe that no parent or teacher knows the way a child's life will unfold, or the inimitable mix of talents and circumstances, accidents and opportunities that they will have. But what we do know is that when children immerse themselves passionately and joyfully in their work, they learn, and they grow, in ways that constantly surprise and humble us. Teaching all skills, in every field and discipline, requires good coaching. What parent or teacher hasn't been humbled by the realization that we are never in direct control of what our children learn? The best we can do is to "get to know them," to provide them with inspiring examples and clear feedback, to let them make their own mistakes, and to do our utmost to help them succeed.
That's why I believe that "sparking passion" is so central to teaching and to learning, why meaningful education is always personal, and why our children's successes, small or large, are always uplifting. The teachers here at the Gordon School are all about personal relationships with students and "sparking that passion" in our children. As we have reflected this week on TEACHER APPRECIATION I am reminded again how much I value that special quality of our teachers to truly connect with our children. TODAH RABA to our faculty... May you go from strength to strength.
Steve Bogad, Head of Day School & Tikvah Center