It is time for the anti-resume.
Teaching is more than a LinkedIn profile or a two-page list of what we’ve taught, where we taught it, and when we taught it. It is more than a series of Googled action verbs like instructed, designed, supported, and implemented.
Let’s aspire to something better. Let’s reveal the emotional labor of what it means to be a teacher.
In the classroom we strive each day to make things better for our students. We invent ways to be more dynamic. We persist. We create an atmosphere that is generous and wonderful.
Often, it goes unnoticed. The emotional labor is taken for granted. It is ignored. Sometimes the kid that we try to reach is not ready for the message, yet.
But we continue day after day. We do the work of a teacher, not because we expect some bonus at the end of the year or recognition from an association. We do it because we can. We do it because we know that hope is an eternal flame that can never be extinguished. And we hope for the best for our students.
I’m calling on you to help me create a movement — The Teacher Manifesto Project. It is time for the anti-resume. I want you to share with me in 175 word or less your manifesto, your view, your declaration of intention. I don’t need the what, when and where. I want the why and how. Share the emotional labor of the profession. Have fun with it. Be reflective.
You can even make it fancy on a site like Canva. If you do, email it to me. We will post it to our Pintrest page so that others can be inspired. If. Not, just write it in the comments section below. Regardless of how you do it,take the time to get back in touch with your teaching soul and what it is that you love about the classroom.