Friday, August 30, 2013

Inspiring Teachers


Thanks to Participant Media for sponsoring this post and for the opportunity to acknowledge the importance of teachers in our children’s lives.

Many of you who have been reading F&J probably know that I was a middle school Math teacher for several years before I became a stay-at-home mom.  I loved teaching and hope to return to it soon.

I loved teaching in the middle school.  The kids are young enough to act silly but old enough to get my sarcasm.  But I didn't always want to be a teacher.  I was inspired my math teacher that I had in Junior High School.

Here I am in Junior High.... Aren't I so cute??  

Ms Moland was my math teacher in 7th grade and 9th grade.  I had struggled with dyslexia in elementary school and Ms. Moland was the first teacher to make me realize I was really good at Math.  She was one of those teachers who was tough by kind.  She set really high standards for her students, and we all wanted to reach them.  She taught the advanced level math classes and also the  lower level at-risk students and treated them all the same.  She challenged us to do better.  In 9th grade I got the opportunity to be her Teacher's Assistants.  It was during that time that she told me that I would make a great math teacher some day.  I had never even thought about becoming a teacher.  But once she told me that, it was all I wanted to be.

As back-to-school is in full swing I am thinking of my teaching years.  How teachers get to gear up for the school year the week before the students come back.  I remember making seating charts, hanging up posters, and planning lessons.  I miss it.

But this year my son is going to kindergarten... my fist kid to go off to school!
Photo Credit: http://footloose-photography.com
He is totally ready for school and I am excited and nervous for him all at the same time.  I just got to meet his teacher and she is going to be great!

Teaching is such a great way to impact the future!  Shaping kids minds and guiding them to greatness is what teachers get to do (Although it mostly feels like grading papers and telling kids to sit down and be quite!)



TEACH, Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s third documentary film about education in America asks the question: What Does It Take to Be A Great Teacher Today?

Following four dedicated teachers from different schools across the country over the course of one school year, TEACH gives viewers a window into the challenges, demands and rewards of teaching, with the purpose of elevating and promoting the profession, as well as engaging new teachers and supporting current teachers. We see that for the best teachers, it’s not just a job but a mission. 

As intense as it is emotional, this year in the life of four public-school teachers illustrates how tenacity, passion and a belief in innovation drive these educators as they navigate the daily ups and downs of the 2012-2013 school year. These educators use conventional and unconventional methods and do whatever it takes to overcome obstacles and strive for success.

Here is the trailer for it:



Tell me - What teachers inspire you?  Leave a comment and let me know your stories!

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