Become a Teaching Legend

Building a legacy
First impressions and last impressions is what everyone remembers. What last impressions will you leave in their minds? Some teachers have already checked out and have found a good 2 movies for the last 2 weeks of school and will show one a week. How sorry is that? If I want them to watch TV, they can do that at home for goodness sakes. We're not babysitters, we're teachers. When you get standardized tests done, you have the opportunity to do what you've been whining that you couldn't do all year long: let them create, let them learn, let them laugh, give them a reason to want to come back next fall.

You can build a legacy.

Teachers who help enough students build their own legacy become legends. 

If you take every year to help students, other teachers, and parents build legacy then upon that foundation you can become a legend. A good one.

Put your one foot in the future and think about how 2+ weeks can impact the life of a child. That is a very long time and a very big responsibility. It will be gone before you know it but part of being a great teacher is to never waste a moment.

Kids are a beautiful, wonderful treasure. Let's treat our time with them as such.

For me, during the last 2 weeks of school we built efolios and personal websites. We presenting to parents and sharing online what we are doing. We are making movies and doing things to help people. We're even undertaking a project to help end slavery.

End well
End this year well. Last year I wrote a post that continues to be one of the top posts I ever wrote called “Finding Your Beautiful Moment the Last Week of School” about this whole idea of building legacy.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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