Megan Dredge - Lessons From Ferrari

Perhaps as this New Year begins you will see this all familiar sight: one of your students, usually a boy, looking at a car magazine, drooling over what car they are going to by when they grow up.

How many times have you heard the same students talking about the elusive FERRARI?

Have you ever been on the street and seen a Ferrari drive past? Everyone stops and stares!

I was recently watching a documentary on the Ferrari factory. This factory is rated one of the best places to work in Italy. The documentary was fascinating and one particular sentence stood out to me:

“Ferrari workers don’t see themselves as part of a production line, but as craftspeople building a hand made product.”

This made me think. How do I see myself as a teacher? Am I just doing my ‘bit’ on the production line of teaching my subject and fulfilling my ‘responsibility’ to my students for this coming term or semester or year? Or, do I see myself as a crucial part of contributing to the future of the students I teach?

The people who work at Ferrari understand their role in creating something that is unique and influential and quite honestly, world changing. How much more for us teachers who have the incredible privilege of shaping a young life to be influential and world changing!!!

This week’s assignment:

When you walk into your next class, perhaps the first one for this year, remind yourself that you are not just doing your ‘bit’ on the production line of education, but rather you are a craftsperson who is influencing the future of your students. Your influence will extend far beyond your allotted time with your class.

Enjoy the journey,

And more importantly,

Enjoy the moments.