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Remembering Why We Teach

Pearls of Wisdom
By Elinor Osborne
Remembering Why We Teach

For over 30 years international school leaders, teachers, and counselors have come together for Principals’ Training Center (PTC) professional learning experiences. Each day of every program begins with a “pearl of wisdom,” a “nugget of knowledge,” or a “gem of inspiration” from one of the participants. We are delighted to offer our readers around the world these powerful stories, insights, and strategies, all dedicated to our shared mission of ever more and better learning for our children.  

In this Pearl, Elinor reflects on an experience she had with a student, and how it reminded her that “sometimes we don’t realize how a simple interaction with a student can have such a profound effect on them, and when it does the surprise and positivity one feels towards us reminds us of why we teach and why we do the things we do every day.”

Professional positions cited were the ones held at the time of recording. The positions and schools of those quoted may have since changed.

Elinor Osborne is the deputy secondary principal of Inter-Community School Zurich in Switzerland. 

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