Monday, December 10, 2018

COMPELLED: Week 14 - Loyalty

Welcome to week 14 of a 15-week series where I share quotes, examples, and/or stories about 15 of the characteristics that I believe are demonstrated by Compelled Educators everywhere. 

I hope you will share your favorite quote or story each week in the comments below. You can also leave a comment on the Compelled Educator Facebook page

I really like this definition of LOYALTY on Urban Dictionary: (Words in italics are added by me.)

1. Making something or someone a priority and doing so in small and discrete but meaningful ways.
     As educators, we should be working to build positive relationships with students and others. These relationships take time and consistent effort on our part. 

2. Staying true to someone or something even when other things call attention.
     Being an educator is the best and hardest job in the world. It's easy to get caught up in the busyness of our work, but loyal educators will keep the main thing the main thing. 

3. A way of showing support for a person or thing.
     While it's easy to show support for the easy-to-love, compelled educators find ways to support ALL students.

“If put to the pinch, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness.” 
– Elbert Hubbard

Billionaire Sam Zell values loyalty and asks these questions:
  • Do you stick with your friend, colleague, or partner when it’s not easy? 
  • Do you consider their circumstances as much as you consider your own?

How do the questions above translate to what we do as educators? We must be loyal to students' needs and circumstances, doing all that we can to support their work and dreams. Additionally, we must be loyal to ourselves, making sure that we are our best selves for others. 

“I don’t care a damn about men who are loyal to the people who pay them.” 
– Graham Greene

In what other ways do educators show loyalty?
What other questions would you add to Sam's that are listed above?

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