Sunday, January 31, 2016

Teachers who love teaching help children to love learning. - Anonymous

I worry about Education and the direction in which it is headed.  I loved teaching, and I think every teacher should give his or her best every single day.  I worry that teaching is not attracting enough potential candidates, and that even when they find a position, they might burn out quickly.  The stress of being a teacher has never been higher, and it takes a person with more backbone than Stuart Little to step up to the challenge of teaching in the schools and demands of today's world.

After last Wednesday, I am less worried. I made the acquaintance of some terrific and motivated student teachers who will be strong candidates to become the educators of the future.  I met them at Dr. Richard Gutkind's class at Point Park University, where I was the guest speaker for the group.  I presented some important concepts regarding what I think teachers need to be effective, and the give and take of conversation in the group let me know that this group- every one of these student teachers- is committed to being the best he or she can possibly be.  

I LOVE THAT.  I love that young people share a passion for teaching (the same one that continues to burn inside my heart, even though my public school career began in 1974 and ended in 2011.)  I love that they have already formulated a working philosophy to guide them through their careers.  I love that they are thinking of their students as individuals, and asking questions about how to reach each and every student (leaving NO learners behind.) I love their dedication to show up for this class with me as their speaker, after their long day at school,  eating their makeshift dinners while I talked, putting their sandwiches down to take a few notes.  I love that they LOVE being in the classroom, even though they are guests in that classroom, and that they are dreaming of having their own classrooms. I love that they stayed after to talk to me, and that some of them have emailed me with follow-up questions. I love that they learned that teaching is really all about making relationships, and that they trust me enough to email me.  I love that I STILL LOVE TEACHING!!!  And teaching student teachers is SO wonderful- especially these student teachers. 

I am so fortunate- I have the opportunity to speak at so many universities and colleges, and to see a multitude of student teachers, and no two groups are the same.  This group was like a handful of newly minted bright and shiny pennies, and I am so excited for their particular futures.  Looks like I don't have to worry about the future of Education quite so much- not with this caliber of teaching candidates. 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. 

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Contact Dede if you would like her speak to your faculty or student teachers. 

Visit Dede's webpage for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER.  Many colleges have made the book required reading. 

Signed copies are available Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 

I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37 years. I remain inspired! 

Here is the link the my 15 second Grady Gets Glasses commercial!

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at .  The website IS UP AND RUNNING!!!.  Signed copies ARE available!  Coloring books and Grady plush toys are ordered! 

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