The Magic of a Teacher

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As each new school-year begins and I watch teachers prepare their rooms, plan their opening lessons and share their excitement about the coming year, I am reminded of Rick Smith’s Recipe for Learning found in Conscious Classroom Management pp.219-221.

A Recipe for Learning

Start with A Willingness to Take Risks

Add a healthy portion of Fun

Throw in A Willingness To Be Lost

Top it off with A Willingness To Be Frustrated

Blend together and heat until done.  The end result is:


A willingness to take risks means that we lower our guard. By doing this we open ourselves up to new experiences and new learning.

A healthy portion of fun helps us remember that learning should be exhilarating, breathtaking, mind expanding, and FUN.  Try connecting with the child in you as you plan.

The moment before we learn something, we experience a feeling of being lost.  If we push away from the experience of “lostness,” we won’t stick around long enough to receive the knowledge that lies there waiting.

A willingness to be frustrated must be embraced to propel us forward into learning and wonder.

By combining these four ingredients, we reveal a sense of wonder,

 the magic that is the heart of true learning.

As we find ways for our students to embrace the elements of this recipe, we often find that we are providing ourselves with the same skills.  To me this is the MAGIC OF A TEACHER!

This morning I opened one of the many e-newsletters that I receive and found a short video featuring the ASCD Young Educator of the Year for 2009.  I have attached that link for you to view the video.

Marc Cohen, ASCD Young Educator of the Year, 2009

There were several statements in the video that have helped me to better verbalize my feelings about my responsibilities to teachers and students as I begin the new school year.

·         I feel a responsibility for creating an environment where teachers can work their “Magic”.

·         I feel a responsibility to help eliminate some of the GAPS that often occur in education.

·         I must embrace the qualities of Respect, Responsibility and Integrity and keep them forefront in all I do.

·         I must LISTEN and be INVESTED in my work. 

“A teacher has two jobs; fill young minds with knowledge, yes, but more important, give those minds a compass so that that knowledge doesn’t go to waste.”
Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995) – Helen Jacobs (Olympia Dukakis)

I feel this is the Magic of a Teacher.

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