Be an epic teacher

Epic Teaching is here: how you can be an epic teacher too

Epic teaching doesn't mean you're perfect, it just means you don't quit. Epic teaching means you make learning unforgettable. Let's talk epic, teacher.

It is tough all over. I had no AC my first two weeks of school and had to teach on the stage. Some of you have hunger and poverty and hard situations all over. You teach wounded kids who are eager to wound others because they hurt so much inside. And you're expect to teach them about dangling participles?

All of us have a reason we can't. In a world where truth and justice often don't prevail, it is magnified in schools as these adolescents try to make sense of a world that doesn't.

You're a teacher and your job is hard. Some days it is epic hard.

But that never stops the great ones among you.


You — the great one sitting there reading this post. You can't be contained by hard times. Your love for kids and desire to teach will not be marginalized by a conflict with a coworker or even worse, a misunderstanding with your boss.

Your students deserve your best and you're going to give it whether anyone says thank you or not.

Your principal might think you're suck-y but you're not and you know it. You know you're doggone good and you're going to continue to teach like it.


You're an epic teacher because you're unstoppable. You don't stop for anything except a hurting child. Then the world stops and you are there to help.

You might stay home for rain, snow or sleet but you're there for everything else. Every traumatic, hard, gut wrenching situation – you're there. You're in it. You're part of it. You're the one kids come to to hug. You're the one they confide in when something is hard. Many kids just want to be around you.

You're not perfect, but you're epic anyway. You care. You make a difference. You listen to one kid at a time. You might have an email to return but when a child needs you at break, you sit back and listen and let the email gather dust.

You plan your lessons. You think about them at night. You think about your students — you might even pray for them. You're epic. You're passionate. You never quit.

Let's talk Epic

It is time for a generation of teachers to rise up and be the media that education deserves.

There are many epic teachers among us.

If the mainstream media is going to talk about the latest teacher who slept with a sixth grader – we need to talk about the epic teaching that is happening in many places.

There's more epic teaching than “Desperate Housewives” – it is just that epic doesn't get people talking as much as a tryst with a 10th grader in the boys locker room. Sad — but we can do something about this human desire to gravitate to the sorry & fallen in our profession.

We need to be the media our profession deserves

Let's tweet and share about the great things teachers do.

Let's inspire a heroic generation of teachers to remove the rags which we've worn far too long to show that we don't need to wait on superman – we have supermen and women throughout the world – hiding like Clark Kent in shabby schoolyards eating mystery meat in the lunchroom.

They are here. We are here. It is time to take off the rags and be epic.

Photo Credit: iStock Photo.

Photo Credit: iStock Photo.

Be Epic

  • You are epic when you share something that worked in your classroom.
  • You are epic when you praise good teaching and show what it looks like.
  • You are epic when you use your social media influence to spread the appreciation, love, and best practices of the profession you love.
  • You are epic when you reach out to the friends of a child who died far too young.
  • You are epic when you stoop down and sit down on the ground to hold a child who is crying because Patty the Cat is being put down at the vet.
  • You are epic because you are slammed right into the midst of the tough things of life and you act. You listen. You love. You don't quit. You don't hang up the phone. You are insistent.

We've got epic in teaching right now.

We've just got to do a better job of showing those capes and colors to a world who hungers to have their faith in education restored.

Remember your noble calling teacher. Don't just be noble… be epic.

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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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