All we want is to be recognized and appreciated. Whether it is for love or legacy, humans at their very nature have to matter in order to function. Why do you get up in the morning? How is today different than yesterday? Have you thought about what you hope to get out of this day and not the next? Teachers often change lives by showing the world (but first their students) who they really are. Those students need entertainment, guidance and sometimes, even learning. They won't ask you for it - they assume that if you know what you're doing, you will bring things to the table that matter to them. While we often aspire to "one up" the next generation, we often find ourselves walking in the very steps that were forged before us. Only by stepping out of that comfort zone that was our experience growing up, can we blaze a new trail of educational direction. The pieces are all there. We are slowly making gains in the technology that will someday soon show students that their learning is not mutually exclusive of their interests. Their technology is our golden ring - grab it and run.
If all the world's a stage and we the players - do you deserve the encore?