Recently, I clicked on a Facebook link- https://www.cultofpedagogy.com/marigolds/ which promised to give the essential advice to new teachers. Curious, I read the article advising new teachers to find a marigold (or several) and stick close to him/her as they began their career.
Now, if you are a gardener, you probably already know that if you plant marigolds near your other flowers or veggies, the marigolds will protect the other plants and actually help them survive. The author of this article created an analogy, using marigolds as a synonym for those teachers with a positive attitude, who support, encourage, listen, advise, share and help other teachers in the school. The advice to young teachers was to seek out marigolds at any cost if you want to survive and thrive in your chosen profession.
I certainly couldn’t agree more with this advice. The article prompted me to think about the seven different schools I worked in during my teaching career. In every one of those school, I had a special marigold and several other marigolds that significantly impacted my life, both professionally and personally. These folks had a can-do spirit, a sense of humor, a commitment to their students and a passion for teaching. They doled out sound advice, dreamed up exciting projects, dared to stand up for what they believed in and devoted themselves to making the school and the world a better place. To this day, I am in touch with these people, some of whom I worked with over twenty years ago. When you meet a marigold, you may leave the garden, but you’ll never let them leave your heart or your life.
As many of you start thinking about “back to school”, I hope you will take this advice and make it a priority – Find yourself a marigold. More importantly, be one!