About this time of year parents and kids start asking the same question: “who’s your teacher this year?” For middle and high school students, this question has as many answers as they have classes. Now, the easiest way to answer this, unsurprisingly also the most common, is with a name. I got Jones and Jaffey and Johnson. I’d like to take a different tact: to look at who these teachers are.
I’m a teacher, but I’m more than that: I’m a parent, a cyclist, a baseball fan, a blogger, a juggler and more.
I’ve worked with some amazing teachers over the years. These teachers were dedicated, caring, charismatic and brilliant. The same traits that made them great teachers made them great elsewhere. In fact, the best teachers are the ones who are excel at teaching physics or poetry, they are the ones who excel at making connections and getting kids excited about their own learning. This learning has been about literature, bicycles, gardening, woodworking, photography and so much more.
Additionally, I hope that by sharing who they are as people, their interests, pursuits, passion projects–they can connect more meaningfully with students and make is safe for them to share who they are. Just as we teachers are parents, friends, knitters and more, so too are our students sons, daughters, athletes, actors, Rubik’s Cube masters…
…I hope that by sharing who they are as people, their interests, pursuits, passion projects–they can connect more meaningfully with students and make is safe for them to share who they are.
So for 2016-17, I hope students can say “My teacher is a(n)…”
real estate agent
first-generation college grad