Do you ever wonder if you make a connection with your students? What will they remember about you? With teaching being as much about classroom psychology as it is knowing your subject matter, how students remember us lasts forever in their minds. In a previous blog Memories so thick…, I mentioned the idea of how educators/leaders can create an atmosphere where students make memories, but today, I wanted to take a different look at the same idea.
One of many joys I have as an educator is being able to adjunct teach at the college level. One of my running statements is that I try to “positively corrupt” future educators on how the educational world actually is. It’s harder than you think, by the way. And then there are those current teachers who are working on an advanced degree in education… more than anything else, I try to convey to them the much-needed characteristic of being a servant-leader.
With saying all of that, I have to be minded of the educator I am as well. In my own mind, I think I know what type of educator I am. However, the students throughout my career are the ones who can testify as to what type of educator I actually was.
I love how movie snippets that can say exactly what you are wanting to say, and I have one for us. I highly encourage you to watch the Emperor’s Club with Kevin Kline, if you have never seen it. I believe it should be required of all educators. There is one scene near the end of the movie that sends a message for the type of educator I hope I am and the type of educator I want to be. The message sent is what I wish all teachers/leaders in education would strive to become and be. Not only for themselves but for their students as well. I believe this one clip to be so powerful; I show it at the end of each semester to the class of future educators in hopes they will understand the passion I have for teaching and educational leadership.
Please take 2 minutes and 4 seconds to watch what I am talking about… Maybe get a tissue ready?
Emperors Club – “A Great Teacher” Clip
Here it is in print…
“A great teacher has little external history to record. His life goes over into other lives. These men are pillars in the intimate structure of our schools. They are more essential than its stones or beams, and they will continue to be a kindling force and a revealing power in our lives.”
This is about as good as it gets for me. This is the type of teacher I hope I am. This is the type of teacher I want to be. I have been very fortunate to have some teachers and mentors like this and they have had an ever lasting influence in one way or another on my life. This is the type of teacher education needs, now more than ever. As we begin to wrap of this school year, make an effort to be this type of teacher.
Go be a great educator and leader today… Our future needs it…
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Tom Williams said:
Thank you for your continued efforts to providing motivating and inspiring information to all educators. It has been my pleasure being associated with you.
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The Book Chamber said:
Thank you Dr. Williams,
You are one of many that have inspired me. Thank you for your influence.
Ricky Nations said:
Very good. I have never watched Emperor’s Club. I’ll have to do that. Here are a couple of blogs that I wrote about teachers that were very important to me.
Mariella Simons said:
What can I say, Dr. Norton. What a great clip, quote and (more importantly) post shared with us by a thoughtful, earnest educator whom I have come to admire.
The Book Chamber said:
Thanks so much Dr. Simons. The same I can say for you as well. Thanks for being a great example.