The Future - It's Why Teachers Teach!

In the year 2023, my grade one class will be graduating from high school. I can only imagine what the future will look like for them and how they will make their mark.

I often think of the entire curriculum I am responsible to teach - LA, Math, Science, Social as well as making sure they are prepared for the 21st century with the necessary skills. But what about all those other skills I value and want them to learn - how to be responsible, caring, loving, understanding, motivated, honest, compassionate, cooperative, patient, creative and inquisitive. There is no manual or teacher's guide. There is no standardized test or PAT for these skills. But my students will be more prepared and responsible individuals for having these skills. My goal is to model these to my students everyday and for them to know I care for them.

As JFK said, "Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future"

Although I don't teach kindergarten anymore, I still think this poem is super cute and we can learn alot from "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" by Robert Fulghum

Share everything.
Play fair.
Don't hit people.
Put things back where you found them.
Clean up your own mess.
Don't take things that aren't yours.
Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.
Wash your hands before you eat.
Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
Live a balanced life -
Learn some and think some
And draw and paint and sing and dance
And play and work everyday some.
Take a nap every afternoon.
When you go out into the world,
Watch out for traffic,
Hold hands and stick together.

Let's teach the future more than what we are required to teach. Let's teach the future that it is their future and to care for themselves, each other and the earth.


  1. That poem never gets old :) Thanks.


  2. Yes, you are so right. We are teaching the future. We are creating our future in our classrooms today. WoW! Do we realize just how much power and resposibility we have.