Thanks to Participant Media for sponsoring today’s discussion.
When it comes to school everyone knows what a difference and inspiring teacher can make in a childâ€™s life! The right teacher at the right time can literally change the course of someoneâ€™s life.Â But what makes a great teacher?
TEACH, Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheimâ€™s third documentary film about education in America, tries to answer this important question! The film will air on CBS on Sept. 6 and Pivot on Sept 14, and it asks the important question: What Does It Take to Be A Great Teacher Today?
It is estimated that 65% of Americaâ€™s teachers will retire in the next 10 years, so it is important to look at teaching in an honest and practical way and encourage those who are going to fill the shoes of the retiring teachers.Â Public education needs to stay strong and vibrant in order to keep our future generations learning and keep the country moving forward.
My favorite and most inspiring teacher growing up was my 4th grade teacher Mrs. Munch.Â She really encouraged my love of math.Â In her class all the students worked at their own pace, so she pushed me to go farther, and I learned lots.Â As a girl growing up in the 1970s there were people who told me that I shouldnâ€™t focus on math so much, and who just assumed that boys would be better at it than me.Â But Mrs. Munch didnâ€™t do that, she appreciated my interest and encouraged me.
That is what all great teachers do, they encourage children and work with them to develop their strengths and shore up their weakness.Â Willingness to be open minded and encouraging are hallmarks of a great teacher.Â Teaching is a rewarding career for the right person, because knowing you have made a difference in a childâ€™s life is an amazing feeling.
You can see the trailer for TEACH here, and find out how you can help play a role in keeping public education vibrant and innovative.
Tell me about an inspiring teacher in your life or your community!