My experience in the realm of education has lead me to the discovery that I cannot be a teacher. I don’t feel comfortable in front of a classroom full of young people for long periods of time. I’m not always able to think on my feet and always seem to have the best ideas only hours later. I get too tired to last through the day. And, it breaks my heart too much to see children fail. And so, I am trying to see myself as an educator outside of the cookie cutter definition of “teacher.”
I am an educator when I weave pictures and stories into documentaries about issues that I feel are important.
I am an educator when I discuss new things that I learn with the people around me.
I am an educator when I ask questions of myself and others.
I am an educator when I ask a child how many marbles they have instead of just giving them some and letting them play by themselves.
I am an educator when I try to open my heart and let others know that they are doing well.
I am an educator when I try to educate myself on what is going on in the world.
How are you an educator?