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Teach, teach, teach…

by Megan

The other day, Carter told me he wanted to be a teacher when he grows up.

I said, “That’s great! You know, Mom and Dad are teachers. And Gramma taught 1st grade for years. And Grandpa Tenney was a teacher. And Gramma Ila. And Uncle Chris, Aunt Lindsay, Aunt Jan, Aunt Desiree, Aunt Kadi, and Aunt Mallory.”

We are a teaching family!

I think everyone probably has a story about a teacher who changed their life. Who taught more than just the subject printed on their teaching certificate.

We are all affected by teachers. We’ve all had many. Our children will have many. We will spend many hours, days, months in the classroom, during our most formative years. The impact of teachers is huge and undeniable.

I tend to be a cold, logical thinker, and if you asked me the purpose of a teacher, I’d probably say, “to impart knowledge onto their students.” But I think we all know that a good teacher is way more than that.

Take, for example, my 8th grade art teacher, Mrs. McCarthy. I remember a few things that she taught me about art: that when drawing a person’s face, their eyes are almost in the middle of the oval (because a lot of people drew them too high)…and that we should be careful with exacto knives (after a girl stabbed her hand and spurted blood everywhere).

That’s about it. I was/am hopeless at art. But I remember that she made me feel good about myself. She encouraged me to sing and act (art forms in which I actually have some talent). One day when I wore a new sweater, she went on about how it was “my color” and brought out my eyes.

A teacher has the power to lift you up or tear you down. They do teach content, but more importantly, they teach life lessons and self-worth.

Did you know that it’s estimated that 65% of America’s teachers will retire within the next 10 years? Class sizes are just getting bigger, while funds get smaller and salaries get frozen. Yet teaching remains to be one of the most rewarding careers you could choose.

On September 6th, CBS will be airing TEACH, a documentary film about education in America which asks the question: What Does It Take to Be A Great Teacher Today?

Following four dedicated teachers from different schools across the country over the course of one school year, TEACH gives viewers a window into the challenges, demands and rewards of teaching, with the purpose of elevating and promoting the profession.

As intense as it is emotional, this year in the life of four public-school teachers illustrates how tenacity, passion and a belief in innovation drive these educators as they navigate the daily ups and downs of the 2012-2013 school year. These educators use conventional and unconventional methods and do whatever it takes to overcome obstacles and strive for success.

I love a good documentary, and I’m excited for this one, since teaching is such a big part of our lives. You can see the trailer for the film here.

Who was the teacher who made a difference in your life?

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Layla Tenney September 3, 2013 - 4:40pm

Aww! So many teachers in our family. Lila said that she wanted to be a teacher a couple of weeks ago with no prompting… I secretly hope she doesn’t ;)