One of the 8 Conditions that Make a Difference--those dimensions of school life that our research and practice tell us affect a young person's ability to dream and set goals for the future while being inspired in the present to reach them--is Heroes. Many students tell us that second only to their parents, teachers are their Heroes. Some teachers balk at this. Oh well.
It's not really a teacher's choice whether or not to be a Hero. You don't get to walk up to the 7th grader who is just starting your class and say, "I am going to be your Hero this year!" And you don't get to turn your back to that student and say, "I am not going to be your Hero this year." Kids choose teachers as their Heroes. If you are a teacher, you get to decide whether you will be a good Hero or a bad Hero, but not whether or not you will be one.
Don't take my word for it. Today's Boston Globe has a great article pointing this out. So if you are an educator, what's your plan for earning at least one fanfare every day this year? Download a "tada" ring tone and make a commitment to deserve to play it when you leave school each day. Happy Heroing!