Teaching and Winning

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” -Brad Henry

I am participating in the #AprilBlogADay challenge. The prompts are provided by Meredith Towne (@BklynMeredith) a teacher in Brooklyn, NY. Today’s prompt is: Share a Teaching WIN!

One of my favorite things about teaching is that every day can provide a win. It doesn’t matter what is going on or how bad your day, being an educator can provide you with moments to celebrate every day. However, we can get caught up in all that is happening and forget to celebrate the small things.

I don’t teach every day. During the day, I work with students to help them make better decisions. I also work with teachers to provide suggestions for helping students. At night and on weekends, I teach a class or two, per quarter, at a local college.

My most recent teaching win would have to be a recent conversation with a former student in one of my college classes. An older than average student, they entered one of the computer classes with little to no computer experience. They struggled to complete the assignments. They were afraid of failing. They failed the first test.

However, I let them know if they stuck with it, they would be successful. And they were. They were present before class started and after class finished. They asked questions. They sought help. They correctly completed all assignments. Their tests scores improved.

I recently saw this student. They asked me if I remembered them. I did. They told me they had graduated, and they thanked me for having faith in them.

Another win would be the student who started coming to my office at rest time every day, because they struggled with the transition period from lunch. We started out with him spending a half hour reading quietly. After a few days, I began to allow him to play educational games on my iPad, for 10 minutes, after he read for 10 minutes.

He has begun to spend less time playing games. He is ready to return to class sooner.

Today I was unavailable to help. He stayed in class. He did well.

These two wins help to remind me why I am an educator–to make a difference in the lives of students.

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My Commitment – April Blog a Day Challenge
I have joined the #AprilBlogaday Challenge. The goal is to submit a blog entry every day in April. I will not promise each blog entry will be motivational, energetic, and thought-provoking. However, I will do my best to continue to reflect on my journey of learning and my areas of growth.