Tapping In

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I am sure you are one of those individuals that love to learn.  If you are anything like me, you even think learning is fun.  But have you ever asked yourself why?  Or better yet, have you asked, how long has it been that way?  Many of you urban educators are facing students daily that don’t seem to be infatuated with learning like yourself.  So why don’t we challenge ourselves to understand why we can’t wait to learn something new and what was it that cultivated the craving for knowledge in our lives?   If we can tap into that, maybe we can tap into our students.

4 thoughts on “Tapping In

  1. I believe that I loved learning because I experienced success. Once I was successful I knew that I COULD learn. I also thrived on competition. I was competitive by nature and wanted to be the best at everything. My teachers encouraged me and my parents disciplined me and also put the fear of God in me. We had environments that were safe for risk taking. relationships with the teachers fostered such environments. I do believe that my teachers were free to challenge us academically and know that our parents would back them and support them all the way. I also think that because my parents “put the fear of God” in me the teacher didn’t have to deal with behavior problems or disruptions. I rarely remember kids being sent to the principals office, nor do I remember the teacher having to accommodate so many learning styles and so many learning disabilities at the same time. My teachers seemed to enjoy teaching and were definitely less stressed.

  2. In your comments you mentioned the treasures your teachers gave you and how much you appreciated their efforts. I couldn’t help recognizing the impact of the relationships you had with your teachers. If we could just get people in the professional that are skilled in their content, passionate about young people, and willing to invest into their students’ development as a whole person. Thank you for sharing.

  3. you hit the nail on the head with that. I would change a word, except for all of the names of the teachers. I also believe that a desire and passion to learn was instilled in us from jumpstreet. We were challenged beyond belief knowing all along that they, our parents and those teachers, were our biggest cheerleaders. Everyone told us we could do and be anything. We don’t have enough of that now…so, if no one has told you here lately…YOU CAN BE and DO whatever you desire!!!!!! 🙂

  4. when i was in middle and high school, i LOVED my teachers and the subjects they taught. if i think about it, i think i appreciated the creativity of their lessons, the high expectations they had for us, and their receptivity to building relationships with their students. i liked activities like “invention convention,” science fairs, and spelling bees. i liked english assignments in which we had to follow a “ratiocination” (we had to make sure that all of our papers contained a variety of sentence structures, etc.) or prepare to debate fellow students on a book we had to read or write about whether man is inherently good or bad and use literary examples to justify our positions. i loved that my Spanish teacher spoke to us only in Spanish when we were in her class; expected the same high standards that my English IV Honors teacher did when she required us to write an 8-10 page paper in Spanish on Frida Kahlo or Ana Maria Matute; and was as hard (if not harder) on her native speakers as she was with everyone else (she wouldn’t let them get away with not putting the accents where they needed to be). Do you know that I would love to know what la Sen(y)ora Garza is up to now and to tell her that I ended up majoring in Spanish, working with Spanish speakers, and am now teaching my daughter Spanish? I still think about my “Aunt Sally” and “Grandma Joan” who taught me math classes in middle school…and Mrs. Fischer’s sentence diagrams…and Ms. Almeta Crawford’s ratiocinations…and Mr. Giovale’s biology classes, and Mrs. Matney’s ridiculously hard physics tests…and all the others whose names i may not remember today but whose faces i always will…

    I think education should be about innovation, high standards, and relationships. Those elements make me appreciate my childhood education even today. In fact, I think my education from K-12 was superior to the education I’ve received since then. Oh, what a difference even a decade can make!

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