“The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” ~Dan Rather~
It’s the end of the school year for most children and teenagers in the Northern Hemisphere, and the beginning of summer fun and dreams.
I hope everyone has been poked with a stick at some point in school…by a teacher who stuck out their hand and pulled you up to the next level; by a teacher who treated you with respect and had a belief in your dreams; by a teacher who influenced you positively for life; by a teacher who deserves your “thank you” a thousand times over for caring about you.
A teacher, for example, like Mark Thackeray in “To Sir with Love.”
For me, the teacher that I remember most fondly is an 8th grade history teacher who made class fun by telling the intermittent joke to lighten up what could have been a very boring class. I looked forward to his class every day of the school year. This teacher didn’t inspire me to be a teacher or a historian, but he showed me what it was to be involved and invested in his students. (He also appealed to that dry/crazy sense of humor being fueled by my father.)
Do you have fond memories of a special teacher in your life? It can be a teacher while you were going to school or one who made a mark on your children. Tell me about him or her and what this teacher meant to you.
If I don’t respond to your comment right away, don’t be alarmed. I’ll be away from technology today, at a work conference, where a few special people will be trying to teach an old dog new tricks. Feel free to talk among yourselves!
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