The Star Fish Story
'It made a difference for that one'
Why teachers should never give up
Once upon a time, there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. He had a habit of walking on the beach before he began his work.
One day, as he was walking along the shore, he looked down the beach and saw a human figure moving like a dancer. He smiled to himself at the thought of someone who would dance to the day, and so, he walked faster to catch up.
As he got closer, he noticed that the figure was that of a young boy, and that what he was doing was not dancing at all. The young boy was reaching down to the shore, picking up small objects, and throwing them into the ocean.
He came closer still and called out 'Good morning! May I ask what it is that you are doing?'
The young boy paused, looked up, and replied 'Throwing starfish into the ocean.'
'I must ask, then, why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?' asked the somewhat startled wise man.
To this, the young boy replied, 'The sun is up and the tide is going out. If I don't throw them in, they'll die.'
Upon hearing this, the wise man commented, 'But, young man, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and there are starfish all along every mile? You can't possibly make a difference!'
At this, the young boy bent down, picked up yet another starfish, and threw it into the ocean. As it met the water, he said, 'I made a difference for that one.'
Every child in our classroom is like a star fish. Even when you think you can’t make a difference, never give up.
You can make a difference for ONE.
You are so very right when you extend your thoughts and address each child to be like a star fish, the small kid was throwing. This each and every teacher knows...but how many of us actually implement it. The feel is good,the story excellent and coming from the kitty of an Educator itself proves,that we are changing & if not entirely, education and the future of our youger generation(star fishes) is in safer hands.
Keep the good work rolling....