2013 06/09

How is the world of teaching changing?

Well, the girls have their first {almost full} week of school under their belts and I think it has gone pretty well. Even with the “oh, hey, let’s pack up and move to a new house the weekend before school starts” adventure.

They seem to have transitioned into school life again pretty seamlessly and I’m excited to see how they grow this year with new teachers. My girls don’t realize it now, but each year, with each teacher, they are being molded. And they will look back in 20+ years and remember specific things about that teacher or grade.

I can still remember very specific things about my teachers. For example, my first grade teacher actually looped with us from Kindergarten. I remember making her this pot holder for Christmas and then finding it in her trash bin at the end of the year. Sad, but I forgave her. It was a nice pot holder and all but I now realize that teachers get a lot of “stuff” and some just has to go. My second grade teacher busted me for passing notes in class one time and I was so embarrassed when I had to read it in front of the class. Guess who never passed notes again in elementary…

And then there was my third grade teacher. A wonderful woman with a love for music. I remember her wrapping her arms around me and letting me just sob into her shoulder one day because I thought my parents were getting a divorce (which they did, just 8 years later). It’s those things. Where teachers become people. People you can trust and depend on. Who care about you, not as a number to report to the state for future funding, but as a child.

Teachers can catch a lot of flack, especially when it comes to negotiating contracts and strikes and summers off, blah, blah, blah. Oh, there are definitely teachers out there that deserve they flack they get, but then there a lot out there that don’t.

Tonight CBS is celebrating teachers by taking an honest look at the teaching world in a 2 hour special event presented by Participant Media called “TEACH“. The show will follow four teachers — fourth-grade teacher Matt Johnson, seventh-grade math teacher Shelby Harris, ninth-grade algebra teacher Lindsay Chinn, and tenth-grade AP World History teacher Joel Laguna.

With 65% of teachers retiring in the next 10 years, it’s so important that we are recruiting the best of the best for our schools. Teachers that will inspire, care and impact our kids in positive ways.

What a great way to kick off the school year! You can watch TEACH tonight on CBS at 8pm ET/PT or learn more about the documentary at TakePart.com.

Do you have a teacher that has been an inspiration to you or maybe your kids? Someone that has made an impact? I’d love to hear about it!

Participant Media provided me with this great opportunity to help spread the word about TEACH. All opinions are my own.

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