Wednesday, July 21, 2021

"Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at 20 or 80. Anyone who keeps learning stays young." Henry Ford


One of the truisms I know about teachers is this:  Teachers love learning.  

Many of my retired teacher friends have become entrepreneurs, gone into other fields, and  began hobbies like photography.  Others have pursued volunteering at places like a local grief center for children, and they are learning new things about how to help those who are grieving.  Their learning continues, and I am in agreement with Henry Ford - learning keeps a person young.

I saw an article about a man in Turkey who is 71 years old.  He is a retired biology teacher who taught for 42 years, and then began volunteering to care for homeless animals.  Fevzi Uyar, of Turkey, has been nicknamed the "Grandfather of Animals", since he has built plywood shelters for homeless animals and helped to care for many more. He also provides blankets and rugs to his homemade shelters, and drives about 90 miles per day in has van, which is filled with necessities like dog food.   Even at his advanced age, Mr. Uyar went to veterinary school so that he could treat the homeless animals he has cared for these past years. He graduated from the school at the age of 71. He can now vaccinate, treat wounds, and care for his animal friends in a better way than he did before!  What a beautiful story of a teacher who loved learning so much, that it has taken him to a higher purpose for serving others for the second time in his life.

To see a happy picture of Mr. Uyar with one of his dog friends, please click on this link.

What a great example of lifetime learning! Happy lifetime learning to all!  

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

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out! 

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