Ryan Siegle

Six Steps Toward Teacher Retention and a Long-Lasting Legacy

Categories: Leadership

Nothing Left to Give

When thinking about the landscape of education and how it has changed over the last few years, we can’t help but recognize the parallels between the selfless actions of our teachers and those of the iconic apple tree in the children’s book The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. The story tells of a boy and his best friend, an apple tree. Each day the boy visits the tree to spend time with it, play with it, and enjoy its company. However, as the boy grows older and faces the increasing demands and realities of growing up, his wants and needs begin to change. Because of this, the boy starts to take what he needs from the tree, initially only taking the tree’s apples but eventually taking its branches and finally its trunk, until the tree has literally nothing left to give. Read more