Being a teacher is like being a tree branch. The tree branch’s job is producing leaves and fruit. Leaves receive nutrients from the environment and transforms them into fruit. Similarly, one of our goals is to shape citizens that enter the larger society. Yes, we teach core subjects, but students primarily receive socialization; they learn about what is necessary to become a successful adult.
Like tree branches, teachers do not exist independently. We are connected through a larger system that provides nutrients to all members of the tree. We, as teachers, remain committed to not only to students, but to each others’ growth and well-being. A tree branch cannot grow alone, or it is likely to die. However, a vibrant and growing tree will produce vibrant and growing branches. Like teachers, they are dependent on the community of educators around them.