World Peace and other 4th Grade Achievements

What do you want to do?

Imagine if as a teacher your principal, superintendent or department leader asked you this very question. What do you want to teach your students? Would you know how to answer?

What is your passion as a teacher? I have been in the teaching game for some years. My heady, youthful zeal for teaching has at times been given over to assessments, new policy, curriculum changes and national directives. But if I stop and think about it I know what I am passionate about. I love seeing students grow in their love of words, their ability to read and reflect, critically analyse and make meaning from texts. To discuss, debate and create texts of their own that challenge my thinking. And so the process starts over.

This Ted Talk from John Hunter (2011) inspires us to grapple with this question again and again. As a young graduate teacher he asked his superintendent what she should do as a teacher and the superintendent responded: What do you want to do?

What has evolved is an amazing career answering that question. There is now a film that documents his work aptly titled “World Peace and Other 4th-Grade Achievements”.

What do you want to do?