Pause to Be Inspired

Reading is a powerful act.

We tell kids this all day long.  We tell teachers too, and parents, and administrators, and anyone who will listen to us as we shout from the rooftops, “Read!  It will change you!”  Reading (and listening) to books changes us in profound, and often unexpected, ways.  I’ve experienced this, yet again, while reading (and listening to) Cornelius Minor’s book, We Got This!

I walked away from this book inspired to become the kind of thoughtful, caring, super smart, strong, inclusive, sometimes rebellious, child-centered, “all in” teacher that Cornelius exemplifies.  As I listened to and read this book, I found myself constantly yelling out, “Yes!” or “Of course!” or “That’s SO right!” And then I’d pause and think,
“Do I do that? Would I do that? Can I do that?”

This book has re-energized me to be a better teacher and a better human. It’s just what I needed during these winter months when, half-way through the school year, I sometimes start to lose energy, and I sometimes start to lose hope.    I sometimes feel that the systems we work within create limitations that keep us from doing our best work and reaching all of our students, but when Cornelius says things like, “It is possible to take the parameters that we’ve been given and, within those parameters, create art that is both beautiful and proudly defiant.” I am energized to keep going. When he reminds us that, “We do not teach for what is.  We teach for what can be.” I’m back at it, full guns!

Thank you, Cornelius Minor, for helping me through the mid-year doldrums, and catapulting me forward to be a better teacher, a better human, and to work harder to make the world a better place for all, especially our children.

8 thoughts on “Pause to Be Inspired”

  1. “It is possible to take the parameters that we’ve been given and, within those parameters, create art that is both beautiful and proudly defiant.” I needed to read this. I know I need to read the entire book. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  2. I’ve not yet read this book but have heard of its transformative power. I am struck by your line that it has re-energized you to be a better teacher but more so, a better human. We need more of this-! And this:“It is possible to take the parameters that we’ve been given and, within those parameters, create art that is both beautiful and proudly defiant.” I would add – and worthy. Words to live by, to teach by, indeed.

  3. Cornelius has that impact. His reminders about action research have stayed with me– he does a great job in that book of reminding teachers of the power they have and the ways they can use it impactfully.

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