Always Treat Books Like Gold Essay

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“Always treat books like gold.”
“Never settle for the mediocre.”
“Best effort doesn’t always mean giving 100%,” To this day, these little nuggets of wisdom are the first to resurface whenever I think about the different teachers and mentors who have poured into my life over the years. The educators who said these words are people who have influenced me in ways that I am still discovering and have helped me grow into who I am today. While these phrases may seem a bit cliché, they have managed to stick with me over the years and now represent much more than the ideas they inspire. To me, these mantras are memories of certain teachers spending extra time working with me when they didn’t have to, pushing me to continually strive for excellence, and showing me that school is so much more than the grades I receive on my report card. Having such a wide range of educational experiences growing up made me realize how important it is that the learning environment be a place where students feel safe and supported as they engage in exploring ideas and pursuing knowledge. I believe that my classroom should not only be a place for academic development, but also a place for development of the whole self. A place where students will have a sense of belonging and confidence as they are challenged and cared for. I believe academics are first priority, but I also believe teachers must be aware of the need for continued development in other areas as well. By working…

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