An obvious statement, I know, but I had some field evidence today. I went down to Karen’s classroom to listen to the kids present their “published’ work and then read them a book. It really struck me how much of a hero she is to them. Every kid is bedazzled by her. She waves her wand (literally) and they are locked onto her, waiting for what’s next. They’re highly motivated to learn because she is so generous in her praise. What they don’t get to see is how excited she is at home when she’s reading their stories and the letters are all in the right order and he sentences are almost exactly right. She’s a hero to them and to me. More than likely she is to the kids’ parents too.
Mr. Diamond was my standout teacher in primary school. He taught me in grade six and came over to my house after school had ended because I was heading to a different city and different school. He knew how nervous I was and actually took the time to come and talk to me. He always had a smile and he really seemed to enjoy being with us at school. And he played the accordian in class! How on earth did we think he was cool?
Who were the hero-teachers in your schooling life? Let everyone read about them in the comments.