You’re a Teacher, If …

A Learners’ View (ALV) Is Of Choices On The Shortest And Fastest Path To Learning, The Oxygen Of Social Life.

You’re a Teacher, If …

You’re a teacher, if


You can offer a lesson

When all about you consists of chaos,

And others blame it on you.


You help one student

When others demand equal attention

And you help them too in turn.


You walk around for a long time

And use what you learn to help students

Learn more than they thought possible.


You find ways for your students

To house common sense with facts and figures

That allow them to generalize beyond immediate lessons.


You offer an unbiased point of view consistently and constructively

That helps students build memories to use later

For solving problems unknown when the memory formed.


You use the art of dialogue

That offers illusions of reality

By compressing it into reliable codes that make it real.


You educate the hands, head, and heart

By setting high standards, holding students accountable, and

Leading them to accomplishments that exceed their expectations.


You challenge students to cultivate and value a life of the mind,

Respect for the dignity of labor, and

Desire to live with purpose to make a difference in the world.


You help each student

Give form to life and

To develop a personal purpose for living.


  1. Heiny, R. W. (Drafted June 18, 2006). You’re a Teacher, if … (Previously unpublished).