In school, you had regular teachers, substitute teachers, favorite teachers, and not-so-favorite teachers.
You knew where they were. They were in their classrooms; they were in the hallways while you changed classes, on the playground, in the school parking lot to help you get on the right bus, and they were in the teachers’ lounge sometimes.
It is confusing to children to see their teachers in the grocery store. That’s not where their teachers usually are found. Don’t you love hearing a little one say, “Mommy, LOOK! There’s my teacher!” with surprise and excitement.
Where are your teachers now?
Your classroom is your life. Your hallways between classes are your journeys, your vacations, your change in routines.
And the teachers are everywhere. Life is a school.
Now, you are in your Master’s Program of Life — or maybe your PhD! Your courses are much more challenging than in third grade.
Your teachers are in your questions and your confusions. They are in your challenges, your problems. They are getting you on the right bus.
“You’ll find your teachers in life in the most unlikely places and they can be the most unlikely of people.“ ~ Claude Hammond
This week, notice where your teachers show up. Get on the right bus. Enjoy recess when it’s time, and thank your teacher for the lessons.
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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