A Kid President Question: What do you want to teach in the world?
September 5, 2014
The first day of school is always filled with jitters, excitement, and hope. There is something magical about this time of new beginnings for both learning and teaching. Yesterday I proudly watched my own children (new 5th and 7th graders) cross the threshold into a new academic year. Today was my first day back teaching both Child Growth and Development and Foundations of Early Childhood at North Shore Community College. Teaching teachers is a passion and witnessing the same mixture of feelings among both my adult student learners and myself was energizing.
Each semester I ask students to write down the things they remember about their favorite teacher. What did she/he do? What did she/he say? What was the classroom like? How did she/he treat you and other children? How did she/he encourage you and support you? Additionally, I ask students the same question about their least favorite teacher. These prompt questions always begin lively discussions on the qualities of good and bad teachers. I am empowered when I hear incredible stories about both horrific and heroic teachers as there is so much to learn from both. We are all teachers as well as life long learners.
What do you want to teach in the world? This is the question our Kid President asked in the Soul Pancake video, “A Pep Talk to Teachers and Students from Kid President.” View HERE.
Little quotes from the Kid President pep talk….
“It’s time to wake up.”
“Science: You’re here….You take up space…You matter.”
“History: You have to study it so you don’t repeat it. We can’t just study history, we have to make history and history is made by ordinary people.”
“Life is a school and you have to show up”
“Read a book—any book”
“WHAT ARE YOU TEACHING IN THE WORLD?”
“Your teaching the world what it means to be awesome.”
“Math: Together we are louder.”
I have had many teachers that have inspired me over the years. At the moment, Mother Earth has been my greatest teacher. The awesomeness of nature and the impact it has on all of us has led me to what I want to teach in the world.
What do you want to teach in the world? Leave a comment below.
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