Monthly Archives: November 2014
The Ferguson situation has been in the news constantly the last few weeks. And like most, I do not know enough of the facts to comment. That is why I thought this was such an excellent post by Benjamin Watson, as he talks about all the mixed emotions involved. Excellent.
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I know its not summer right now but you can still get avocado in the grocery store and sometimes you just need a food or two that make you think summer. I thought this would be a good one to make with tortilla chips for movie night (see Just Anything blog) or would be yummy with chicken.
I went to a Fine Arts Distinguished Alumni event at our high school tonight. It was a lovely event that honoured a number of teachers and supporters of the school. Very well deserved accolades.
As I stood there listening to the stories, it made me think of my school years and the influence teachers had on me. Every school has it’s good and it’s bad teachers. The good ones make such a difference in a student’s life. They inspire, they befriend, they teach about respect and they provide mentorship.
The bad ones, well even they have a purpose. I have always felt that they are there to teach our kids the reality of life. That they will work for and with people that challenge them in positive and negative ways, so they need to experience all types of teachers.
But back to the good teachers. I had a couple teachers that I still vividly remember. My socials teacher in high school was excellent. He was probably my one teacher that I felt prepared me for university.
My grade 5 teacher was an older Scottish man (although looking back he probably wasn’t that old now that I’m almost 50 I realize how young most of my teachers probably were – because 50 is young!). He was my first male teacher and I thought he was great, especially when he taught me how to Scottish dance.
I think teachers are amazing for choosing to do what they do. An hour or two in a classroom definitely makes you appreciate what they do. And think how much time the kids spend at school. The teachers have such a huge impact on kids. So really nice tonight to hear the stories of how much these teachers had meant to the individuals presenting the awards.
How about you? Do you have a favourite teacher? What made that teacher special?
I am so glad there are people who continue to become teachers and help us from the adults are children will become.Share this post!