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Posts Tagged ‘Inspirational Teachers’

Teacher Does Lesson Plans While Giving Birth

May 3, 2017

I dislike lesson plans immensely. I understand the value of it, yet it remains one of my least favourite aspects of the job. This teacher wins the medal for completing hers at a time when most would have it as the last thing on their mind:

 

Any woman who gives birth deserves a medal, all the chocolate in the world and a whole heap of praise, but a mother from Texas has truly proved that she’s superwoman – by doing her lesson planning while in labor.

Jennifer Pope, who gave birth to a baby girl last month, is the internet’s new favourite person after a picture of her working hard in the hospital ward was uploaded to social media. Photographer Andrea McDonald caught the candid picture of Pope working from her bed, which she then uploaded to Facebook. She captioned the snap:

“No, she is not doing her taxes. Those papers would be her lesson plans her husband is about to go drop off with her sub in the parking lot.

“Also, next week is Teacher Appreciation Week here in Texas. Spoil them rotten because even in labor, they care. No lie, she gave birth less than an hour later.

“This post is about showing the dedication of a teacher (I was one myself for many years). Seriously, be kind or scroll down.”

Pope, who has worked as a teacher for over 10 years and has three older children, told Huffington Post that she wants her picture to inspire other women to know that they can be parents and have careers.

“Being a working mom is hard ― like really hard,” said Pope. “But, it’s also so rewarding and fulfilling. I can’t imagine myself in any other profession.”

She added that she hopes the picture will help illustrate teachers’ dedication to their job and their students: “To many ― perhaps all ― of us, this is so much more than a job. It’s an all-encompassing passion.”

 

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The Inspiring Things Teachers Often Do for Their Students

August 7, 2016

I am so happy that the press ran with this story. All the negative publicity that follows teachers around prevents the public from fully appreciating the many teachers who inspire their students.

 

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There Are Some Teachers That Just Love What They Do

March 23, 2015

 

Whilst there are more than enough teachers in the system that have all but lost their enjoyment for teaching, their are still many of us out there that love every second of what we do. And then there are some that show their love for what they do by going the extra mile.

 

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Teachers Don’t Get Any Better Than This!

January 29, 2015

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If I had to nominate the teacher I look up to the most, it wouldn’t take me very long to answer. Rafe Esquith is the mentor I have spent countless hours with, yet never had the pleasure to meet. I have devoured all his books and tinkered with my style to accord with his advice. I hope you enjoy this speech as much as I did. I recommend, if you haven’t already, that you search for a teacher who can take your own teaching to a whole new level like the great Mr. Esquith has done for me.

 

 

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I Just Love it When a Teacher Gets It

November 10, 2014

You’d hope that the brilliant Angela Maiers’ views on teaching was the norm, but unfortunately the modern approach to teaching is quite the opposite. We are taught to concentrate solely on the academic side of teaching – we are to care about what and how we teach rather than whom we teach. We are taught that smiling can be a sign of weakness for a teacher and any interest in the hobbies or interests of our students is a show of friendship (and teachers are not their students’ friends).

I wish all teachers broke away from that thinking and instead converted to the Angela Maiers approach. I love it when teachers express the very ideas that underpin my own teaching philosophy. Please watch this clip and tell me what you think.

 

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The Teacher as Superhero

July 29, 2014

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The Top 10 Teacher Super Powers courtesy of Annie Condron. Love the one about the bladder!

 

X-Ray Vision

Superman’s X-ray vision has nothing on you. You can see eyes roving onto their neighbor’s test, covert texts, uniform infractions or a dozing student from a mile away.

Super Educational Gadgets

Batman’s known for his gadgets, just like those techie teachers who rock the projectors, interactive whiteboards and all things e-learning to live up to 21st century expectations… and beyond.

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Physics can’t explain how you’ve stretched yourself to do everything a crazy classroom requires – from differentiating instruction for every student, finishing mountains of paperwork in a single bound, keeping in touch with parents, researching new teaching tools and techniques, attending innumerable meetings and much more.

Bladders of Steel

Lifting heaving objects might be impressive for some superheroes, but not nearly as impressive as holding it from 8-3 after your large morning coffee (because the caffeine fix isn’t an option).

The Firestarter

You light the spark of learning that is the most important tool for young students. Once you light the fire, you extend those super powers to your students as they learn and grow.

Power of Super Patience

Thought not as glamorous as invisibility or flying, the indestructible patience you show in class is more important and more challenging than lifting an 18-wheeling over your head.

Webs of Knowledge

Take notes, Spidey! Students can’t help but be caught up in the enticing web of knowledge you create with engaging lessons, fun projects and boundless enthusiasm.

The Hammer of Teacher

Keeping discipline and rogue classroom behavior in check is your super skill. Like Thor, you can’t be afraid to bring down the hammer when necessary.

Super Distraction Deflectors

While Wonder Woman used her magic gold bracelets to deflect attacks, you use your super wit and classroom command to deflect distractions and students trying to get you off topic.

The Powerful Protector

You’ve created a safe classroom environment that welcomes students, no matter what they experience outside your doors, to create a force field around them while they learn (and hopefully outside the classroom too).

 

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I Wish All Principals Could Be Like This

April 16, 2014

 

 

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This story gives me so much pleasure:

 

Many adults would have dismissed a Grade 3 girl’s desperation over losing her tooth in the school playground. But her principal took it seriously, writing a letter to the tooth fairy with the school’s official letterhead.

Avery Patchett’s loose tooth popped out last week while she was in class at James Hill Elementary School in Langley, B.C. Her teacher got her a “tooth chest necklace” to keep it safe so she could take it home, said principal Chris Wejr in an email to The Huffington Post B.C.

But Avery fell during recess and knocked the tooth onto the ground. She and her two friends searched for several minutes but couldn’t find it, leaving Avery very upset that she wouldn’t be able to show it to the tooth fairy, said Wejr.

The principal reassured her that he had a plan, one that he had used for another student who lost a tooth at school. Wejr sent Avery home with the official letter above.

Avery’s mother, Debbie Patchett, told HuffPost B.C. she was deeply touched by the principal’s “kind and compassionate gesture” to turn “what could have been a sad memory into such a wonderful memory for our little girl.”

The tooth fairy left Avery $5.

“What is small to us may be huge to a child so it is important to stay in the moment and give children the care they need,” explained Wejr. “We need to model kindness and show them they matter.”

The tooth fairy letter is being shared on social media, which Wejr says is a useful way for parents and the community to see the positive things that teachers do in schools every day.

 

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The 6 Most Inspiring Teachers of 2013

December 31, 2013

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As compiled by The Huffington Post:

Michael Landsberry

When a gunman showed up at Sparks Middle School in Nevada this past October, 45-year-old math teacher Michael Landsberry did not run away. Instead, he tried to convince the 12-year-old shooter to put down his gun. Landsberry was not successful, and he was killed for his efforts. However, his actions gave children time to get away, and he has since been recognized as a hero.

“Mr. Landsberry’s heroic actions, by stepping toward the shooter, allowed time for other students in the playground area to flee,” Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras said at the time, according to CNN.

Jon Kitna
Jon Kitna went from being a hero on the field to a hero in the classroomAfter retiring as a professional football player for the NFL, Jon Kitna became a teacher at Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Wash.

Earlier this month, Kitna got back on the field for one game when he replaced Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo. He reportedly earned more than $50,000 for playing in the game — a sum he is donating to the school where he teaches.

Millicent ‘Mama’ Hill

When Los Angeles Unified School District teacher Millicent “Mama” Hill retired, she did not stop serving the kids in her community. She turned her home into a community safe house where children could go for solace, food, shelter and help with academics. She says he is currently serving more than 3,000 children.

“When you love yourself, you don’t want to hurt other people,” she says in the above video, made by SoulPancake. “Hurt people hurt other people, so what we’re trying to do here is stop them from hurting so they won’t hurt anyone else.”

Teachers At International High School In Brooklyn
Teachers at International High School in the Brooklyn, N.Y., neighborhood of Prospect Heights want to make sure that all their students are given equal opportunities to succeed. Earlier this year, a group of teachers at the school created a scholarship fund for undocumented students. As of July, teachers had raised more than $36,000 for students, just through reaching out to family and friends.“[These students] come into the country and we say, ‘Hey welcome to the U.S., we’re going to put you through high school.’ But by the time high school ends that’s not the case anymore,” Bob van Pelt, a social studies teacher at the school, told The Huffington Post. “It doesn’t matter if you get into a fancy college if you can’t pay for it.”

Antoinette Tuff
In August, elementary school clerk Antoinette Tuff saved countless lives when she convinced an armed gunman at her Atlanta elementary school to put down his weapon and give himself up to the police. As a result, no one in the school was harmed.Tuff convinced the gunman to surrender by telling him about the struggles she’s faced in her life.

“I told him, ‘OK, we all have situations in our lives,” she said. “It was going to be OK. If I could recover, he could, too.”

Julie Culp
Julie Culp, a school counselor in Tennessee, successfully taught her kids about Internet safety in November when she posted this picture (above) on her Facebook and watched it go viral. The photo ended up gaining millions of likes from around the world — and showed that a little creativity can make a big difference when it comes to teaching.

 

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Brilliant Teacher Alert! (Video)

December 27, 2013

Take a bow Mr. Wright! You are an inspiration!

Teachers are Better with a Sense of Humour (Photo)

December 23, 2013

In University we were instructed not to smile until Easter. That way our students would never feel close enough to us to treat us like a friend. It is this kind of rubbish that infiltrates many teacher training lecture rooms. They tell you not to become emotionally involved with your students, but what they are really saying is become emotionally distant.

Students need to see the human face of their teacher in order to respect them. Remember, that there is a big difference between a dictatorial teacher that demands respect and a caring one that commands respect. The best way to manage student behaviour is for them to WANT to behave for you. They must want to gain your approval and respect. The only way to achieve this is to believe in them, set fair expectations for them and be prepared to share a laugh at times.

I stumbled across this wonderful answer to a science question which shows that the student in question had absolutely no idea what the correct answer is, but didn’t want his teacher to think less of him because of it.  The teacher’s response to the answer is simply brilliant!

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