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May042014

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes...

Too often, I get caught up in a busy day’s work to notice all that is worthy of my gratitude and appreciation. Moving through this school year’s final month though, I have shifted into reflection mode.  I find myself stopping to take in these moments to fully witness and appreciate incredible work that teachers have done and are doing. These are ‘superhuman’ efforts delivering results that matter. Kids are learning and making critical forward progress (despite some of the odds stacked against them). No amount of funding, technology, or tutoring will ever supersede what great teachers create every day in hearts and minds of kids, toward bright futures ahead. 

Teacher Appreciation Week centered recently at my school on the theme of ‘Teachers--Every Day Superheroes.’ To say this resonates is an understatement. I know with conviction NOTHING could be closer to the truth. A highlight of my year has been filling our campus websiteTwitter, & Facebook stream with images of the great teachers and events taking place in my school. Education news is painted with negativity and grim realities. The tough challenges are very much there. But it should be balanced with celebrating great teachers and schools, and the profound impact they have on children. Shining our own spotlight over the education landscape on these bright spots is our collective responsibility, because if we don’t do it for ourselves no one else will.

An essential part of the equation also has to be supporting and mentoring teachers who are 'good' and clearly on their way to becoming 'great.' But too many are disappearing from the profession too soon, and from classrooms and schools where they are most needed. 

TeachingChannel.org is sponsoring some nice giveways May 5-9 for National Teacher Apprecation Week. Teachers sign up and complete a profile for instant eligibility for all kinds of cool stuff. Clips of of great teaching techniques are available here on a range of grade levels and topics. A few of my favorites are these below--illustrating how a range of ‘silent signals’ can help kids let us know they are thinking and learning.  

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    Nothing in this world can compare to a teacher. They are the real time super heroes. They put in their all so that we can become an independent person of the society. They are the people who truly deserve our utmost respect.
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Haha love your work, thanks for sharing with us all.

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