As a child, I attended public school, private boarding school, and homeschool. I had many teachers, but the one who impacted my life the most was my high school public school teacher. In her freshman English class, writing came alive for me. Sentences were not just diagrammed, but written, and adjectives and adverbs became my useful friends. Although I have long forgotten her name, I still use this teacher’s instruction every time I write.
This high school English teacher not only taught me about the mechanics of writing, but she believed in me. I was given a role as the teacher’s assistant for one of her classes, and there I learned the most valuable lesson of all: I learned how to teach. I learned that education did not need to be boring, grammar did not need to be completed on a worksheet, and I learned anyone can learn anything they want to learn. Again, although I have long forgotten her name, I still use this teacher’s methods every time I homeschool our four children.
I know it is not possible for every family to home educate their children as our family does. We have not always homeschooled our children, either. No matter who we are or how we educate our children, we need to support teachers. Through education, teachers affect our neighborhoods, our country, our world. Teaching is a rewarding career! Teachers need the support of all of us, no matter how we educate our children, don’t you agree?
TEACH, Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s third documentary film about education in America, airing on CBS on Sept 6, and on Pivot 9/18 at 8PM ET/PT 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.
It is important and timely to look at the profession of teaching in an honest and practical way because it is estimated that within the next ten years, 65% of America’s teachers will retire.
Below, view a trailer of the TEACH documentary (I found this fascinating!).
It’s your turn to share your story about an inspiring teacher who impacted your life (share in the comments section, below).
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