Make Your Mark!

There has been a lot of discussion in education around the question…Where do we go from here? If you’re like me that question prompted another question and another question after that. I can tell you there are no quick fixes or answers…but how can this be? Let’s dig a little deeper.

You are problem solvers. You’ve repeatedly shown your value to what we call the education system. You’ve shared your talents and sacrificed much not for yourself but for your students. You’ve shown the world that the impossible is possible when they put it in your hands. You continue to shape the lives of young people through crisis, challenges, increasing accountability, and the like.

So back to the question…What do we do from here? I can host a whole panel discussion on this topic and it would take multiple sessions just to scratch the surface. But…I’d like to challenge you to channel your thinking inward.

Consider this perspective. Don’t consume yourself with what your admin or leadership is or isn’t doing. Don’t get completely bogged down with state and local officials, STAAR, NWEA, or any of the other things running off your plate. Now let me be clear, I’m not saying these things aren’t relevant or legitimate areas of concern. They are important but focusing on these things alone doesn’t make YOU a better teacher. The ACTIONS you take will make YOU a better teacher.

You all are All-stars but not every game is meant to be played. Know your role. Protect your peace. Protect your energy. Maximize every teaching opportunity. Refine your craft. When you’ve done that, ask yourself 3 questions:

  1. Did I teach my kids as if they were my own?
  2. Did I love my kids as if they were my own?
  3. Did I maintain good character and respect with leadership and my colleagues?


If your answer is yes…exhale and celebrate. If your answer is no…take time to reflect, investigate, and correct whatever caused you to say no. Will it take some work?

Yes, but you have to be willing to do just that. Work. In closing, I want to encourage you to keep striving. Keep growing and serving. The reward isn’t always tangible. You won’t always get recognized and that’s okay. Know your worth with or without public praise. You are phenomenal and don’t ever forget it!!

Here to serve.

-Dr. Brown-Norice 

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