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Inspired Teachers

January 6, 2012

It has been an inspiring week at my university. Our current student teachers will soon be completing their placements and will officially become certified teachers. At the same time a new group will be entering classrooms as student teachers for the spring semester. I am impressed with the quality of their teaching preparation and their performance.

As I shared words of encouragement with both groups, I was again inspired and motivated. I thought you might enjoy these quotes and comments as well.

The really good teachers are able to read a child’s story, and recognize the remarkable opportunity to help author that story. The really good teachers know how to script confidence and success onto the blank pages. They know how to edit the mistakes. And they want to help write a happy ending. Really good teachers know they have the ability to make a child happy or sad, to make a child feel confident or unsure, to make a child feel wanted or discarded. And students know when we care, when we care enough to read their stories.

–Anthony Mullen, 2009 National Teacher of the Year

I know that I and my fellow faculty have enjoyed reading your stories!

Now that you have completed student teaching and begin your journey as an educator, I remind you that the teacher is the single most important factor for learning in the classroom. It is the teacher who defines the learning experience for students. It’s about you and the teacher you will become. Becoming a master teacher is a deliberate, ongoing process. To master teaching, a teacher must possess a strong desire for continual growth and learning since nothing about students is static.

I challenge you to become a master teacher ….one who nurtures his or her capacity for growth and excellence in the classroom through inquiry and investigation. A master teacher seeks to learn about students, about instruction and assessment, and about parents and families. Learning is a continuous process that requires master teachers to develop practices that promote critical thinking and self-directed learning. Not only do they evaluate themselves as an ongoing, every day practice, they set time aside to review, critique, and revise curriculum, time use, resources, unit and lesson plans. Master teachers dissect their own practice and the impact they are having on students and student learning. They probe into complex and unique situations that occur in the classroom in order to gain perspective and problem solve solutions. When unique situations arise in the classroom, the master teacher is compelled to seek information from colleagues, students, and the recent educational research and literature.

Our professional work is motivated by the possibility that every child will have great teachers; teachers that ask critical questions of themselves and of the educational field Master teachers search for ways to make their classrooms more inclusive and work to develop socially conscious students. They value the contribution that students can make in the future and teach with that future in mind. (Carpenter, Fontanini, & Neiman, 2010)

May you all be teachers who make the difference in children’s lives!

 I hope those of you in the classroom find this inspiring as you continue your journey to become the teacher your students deserve.

Make it a good day.


Great new resource to try this week:

Puzzle Me Words from ReadWriteThink
Puzzle Me Words is a fun, educational game designed for kindergarten and first-grade students.

Of Interest to Teachers

An Inspiring Teacher – Mr. Geller

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