Mike Krzyzewski, also known as Coach K; Duke University Men’s Basketball Coach, was once quoted as saying, “If I teach them well, winning will be the natural result.” While this quote has nothing to do with the classroom and teaching, winning does. And, as many educators do, they compare the success, or “victories”, of their students to themselves and their teachings. Even though, Coach K was not directly addressing the topic of education; he did inadvertently give educators an objective we must strive to achieve, and that is to teach to everyone, and build a classroom of successful individuals. It is only through education and teaching that we can build a better future, and as educators, we can call ourselves a success by having a “victorious” team.
First, it is important for educators to remember and pass on to future generations that our education has not just been handed to us. It has to be earned through hard work, practice and dedication. It is through these characteristics that many earn their successes in the classroom and out. It is important for all educators to teach that everybody is entitled to an education regardless of their race, religion or social backgrounds. It is my goal to teach students that the classroom is full of individuals, individuals who all contribute their own, unique insights to the world and education. These unique differences allow educators to form a classroom as strong as a fist. The fist is made up of five very different fingers, yet each has a similar characteristic to the other. When each finger stands alone it is weak, but together, as a team, they are a powerful force, which can lead to an unexplainable amount of success.
Next, I believe that every student must understand and believe that everyone’s views are important. That together, with our differences, we can build and mold a classroom and school of great achievement and successes. It is only through working together and forming a classroom where students are willing to help one another be successful that the educational process can fully take place. Educators can shape and mold their students, but it is only when their students fully believe in and have a relationship with their teacher, can a classroom have major victories take place. Students’ believing in their teachers, their peers and most importantly themselves, is, in my opinion, the greatest success an educator can earn.
Finally, as an educator our commitment to the school and our students cannot begin in the morning when the bell rings and our commitment cannot end in the evening when we exit the building. Education is a never-ending career. As the world changes around us, we must also adjust and learn. Encouraging others to believe in themselves and that hard work and dedication will lead to great success is an educator’s toughest job. We must be willing to put in the time and effort to be victorious over this feat. Education is not just about the core subjects, it is about students gaining confidence in themselves, it is about students gaining the social skills to be able to work with their peers as a team and most importantly, education is about allowing students to use their unique imaginations to help them grow and be a success.
“If I teach them well, winning will be the natural result,” is a very powerful and positive comment that may not directly deal with education, but all educators can directly associate themselves with the quote. As educators we must be willing to change and adapt to the world around us, while consistently instilling the characteristics of hard work and dedication. Student success must be measured by their effort and enthusiasm to learn. The classroom is filled with many individuals, with many different learning styles. As educators, it is our job to find a way to mold the classroom into a fist, using all of the unique differences and insights, and finding a way that all students can “WIN” in the classroom.