We're not here to teach, we're here to change lives. We're here to change minds. We're here to shout encouragement. But we can't do those things if we quit. We can't do those things if we give up and wait for retirement. We can't do these things with our feet up on our desk or doing time in the teacher's lounge. We have to do these things in the thankless, lonely, hard working trenches of the classroom. We don't have anyone cheering us on or even seeing the epic accomplishments we make. But in the end, we change lives. It is what we do. We change lives.
Noble teacher, get out there and do it today. The kids need you to believe in yourself. The kids need you to believe in them. You need to understand that you make a difference. Maybe in some of these clips, you'll find your hope again. And if so, pass it on.
10 Inspirational Videos for Teachers
Lord of the Rings: The Good in this World is Worth Fighting For
The great stories, the ones that really matter full of darkness and danger they were and you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy…
The people in those stories had lots of chances to turn back only they didn't… They kept going. They were holding onto something…
That there's some good in this world and it's worth fighting for.
2 – Where does the power come from? Chariots of Fire
I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.”
3 – I don't want you giving up when you get to a certain point – Facing the Giants
“Don't stop… you've got more in you than that. Keep moving. You've got more in you than that. Your very best. Keep going. Don't quit. Your very best. Don't quit till you've got nothing left…. He's heavy; I don't have any more strength.
You are the most influential player on this team. If you walk around defeated, so will they. Don't tell me you can't give me more than I've been seeing.”
4 – For the Love of a Child- Every Child is a Gift- Dick and Rick Hoyt
“The doctor's said put him away, he's going to be nothing, put him in an institution… we said no.
We knew Rick was smart, we could tell by looking in his eyes. So we wanted to get a computer built so Rick could communicate with us.”
“Dad, when I'm running, I feel like my disability disappears.” says Rick.
“You can do anything you want to do as long as you make up your mind you can do it.”
5 – Mr. Blaine, the Gym Teacher, helping Mattie
“Here comes Mrs. Blaine the Gym teacher” written on the screen makes me cry every time.
There are so many times after school when a child is struggling, and we're the one person say, “you can do it.” There are times on the playing field when a child wants to quit and your “you can do it” is the only thing that keeps them going. Do you see the power in our encouragement? Do you see the effort that it took Mattie to run that? The other kids ran and may have finished first, but the effort required by this young man was an Olympic effort. It was Herculean. It was impossibly hard.
And this my friends, is nobility. Encouraging a child to be great even when we're the only one beside them. Everyone sees the impressive finish but what most people don't see is that there was first a teacher or parent walking alongside humbly saying, “you can do it, keep going.” Whew! Not sure I have any more tears to keep going.
6 – Dancing Guy and Leadership Lessons
“It takes guts to be a first follower. It takes guts. The first follower transforms a lone nut into a leader… then there's a second follower.
Have the guts when you find someone to do something amazing to be the first follower and join in.”
I also love the importance this short clip makes on the first followers. On cultivating leadership through following. This hidden gem is a little talked about leadership skill that many neglect. Many great movements die for lack of a first or second follower. What a fantastic movie to discuss with your leadership team.
7 – The Difference a Commitment to Fitness Makes
You are a product of your habits each and every day. If he can do it, you can too and so can I. We must be committed to fitness and exercise. Kids are watching us, and when we choose to let ourselves go without a fight, we're teaching the wrong thing.
8 – You Gotta Dream, You Gotta Protect It -Pursuit of Happiness- Will Smith
“You want something, go get it. Period.”
9 – Don't You Care What People Think? Rocky's speech to his son
“Watching you, every day was like a privilege. But somewhere along the line you changed, you stopped being you. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame.
Let me tell you something that you already know. The world is a mean and nasty place. It's not all sunshine and rainbows. And I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it.
You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life.
But it ain't about how hard you're hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winnin' is done… ”
“Until you start believing in yourself, you ain't gonna have a life.”
Listen to this whole speech. Some of you need it. You don't need to be reminded how hard life is — you know — but you do need to remember that you're not the only one hit by life. It happens to us all. But what happens next is up to you, and that is original and different. Get up. Get moving. Keep going. Your work is important. You're needed.
10 – Do you Work on your Dreams? I need you to invest in your mind.
If our profession of teaching needs anything, it needs hope. We must re-grasp the nobility of who we are and what we do and grab it in both fists and stand on the mountain and yell — “I am a teacher and my work echoes from the mountains of eternity.”
For that is who you are, and this is what you do. Re-find your nobility today. Re-find your purpose. Be incredible. You can do this.
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