In teaching, you cannot see the fruit of a day's work. It is invisible and remains so, maybe for twenty years. Jacques Barzun
Some colleges, universities and private schools got rolling last week. Today is the first official day of school for the rest of North American students .
Summer vacation is over. It's time for a new semester, new topics and new learning.
Some parents are taking their kids to school for the first time.
While others worry as their babies are in other cities following their career dreams.
The best teacher is the one who suggests rather than dogmatizes, and inspires the listener with the wish to teach themselves.
I had Mr. Balcaras four times for science in high school. He taught us how to dissect a frog and explained how much energy was inside a peanut by setting it on fire. I can still see the periodic table on the wall by his desk.
Ms. Young was my grade one teacher. A woman in her 60’s who was like a second grandmother. It was grade one, we weren't doing much but she was cool.
A teacher who is attempting to teach without inspiring the pupil with a desire to learn is hammering on cold iron.
I had Mr. Peters for grade six. I ran in to him years after high school and he still remembered me. I never did ask him if that was a good or a bad thing.
The delightful Ms. Rolo was grade ten. She was a great English teacher who had patience with a fidgety grade ten geek who was bored with English.
So glad she persevered.
To teach is to learn twice.
Replace the word teacher with coach or mentor and have a look at your career. Give some thought to those who have helped you. Now give some thought to those you’ve helped along the way.
While we lament the near end of summer, increased traffic and a full fall work schedule, let’s salute teachers today.
Are you ready to teach?
Let's create experiences not campaigns.
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