Last school year I stumbled across a blog post over at Cult of Pedagogy. This became my mantra and I was determined to spread the word.
I sent notes to folks with a link to this blog when they had been a marigold. I encouraged them to "pay it forward" so to speak.
I remember when I began teaching twenty years ago. I started to recollect all of the marigolds - and the walnut tress - that I had worked along side in my career. Thankfully, there were more marigolds than walnut trees...and a heck of a lot of tomato stakes.
That's right...I said tomato stakes.
I recently heard @IAmStuartHall speak and in his presentation he talked about the important support that tomato stakes provide. Through his allegory, I made another connection to my profession.
You see, it takes more than companion planting to make a strong plant. While marigold provide the nutrients and help ward off pests, Teachers, just like tomato plants, can be fragile. They need support in so many ways.
So be a marigold...but be a tomato stake. Their success - and the success of every student they teach, every life they touch - depends on it.