Each of us have been influenced both positively and negatively by a teacher in our lives. I’m always amazed when I ask practicing teachers to share their education-related life histories of learning at the similar themes that emerge from a content analysis of their narratives.
- Taught me to be curious about science through hands-on experiences.
- Taught me that I was worthwhile and worthy of attention.
- Taught me to self-regulate my learning.
- Taught me to love the great works of literature.
And yes, there are many negative experiences too:
- Taught me to fear math.
- Taught me to doubt my abilities.
- Taught me I wasn’t as good enough.
- Taught me I could cheat to get by because I didn’t understand.
TEACHERS ARE IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN EACH OF OUR LIVES.
Their actions matter in our lives more than we realize when we are young.
Thus investing in ‘quality’ teaching is worth every one’s effort.
What would happen if everyone suddenly announced to teachers that we know they matter and want to support their efforts to improve their practice?
The education-related assignment I use can be found in my textbook, Self-study teacher research, pp. 95-98.