Two documentaries I saw recently got me thinking a lot about teaching, even though neither focuses on education: "Amy," about acclaimed British singer/songwriter Amy Winehouse, who died in 2011, and "Iverson," about 11-time NBA all-star and 2000-2001 Most Valuable Player, Allen Iverson.
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5 August 2015
I seem to have found myself noticing a ton of articles that would go right to the top of my list of great Informational Reading experiences in a classroom.
This one would go to the top of two lists; those that would be great in the classroom and those that would be great in the faculty room.
I can't help but wonder what might happen if a teacher shared this article with his/her students sometime in the first week of the school year.
I might start off by saying something like...
"I'd like to try an experiment."
"I'm going to ask each of you to read an article I found online. After everyone has had a chance to finish the article, I'm going to sit down and simply listen to any stories you'd like to share with each other about favorite teachers who've made a difference in your life BECAUSE THEY CARED ABOUT YOU.
"The only rule I'd like to impose is that today I want to be inspired by stories of teachers you appreciated because you knew they cared about you as a person. So today I'd rather not hear about teachers who didn't seem to care about you as a person as much as they could have."
It would probably feel a bit risky, but hey, don't we frequently expect my students to be willing to take a risk and try something new?
I'm reminded of another of my favorite quotes ...
"The only thing that costs more than caring is not caring."
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