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A Teacher Affects Eternity

February 7, 2014

Teachers are superheroes. The mark they leave on their students is indelible. It’s forever.

I’ll never forget my teachers.

“Take a shot!”

That was the catchphrase of my Grade 6 teacher at Mittineague Elementary, Judy Weaver.

She would put that catchphrase into action when she  would gamify spelling challenges for us, her engaged students. She urged us to “take a shot!” at spelling each word, no matter how difficult. We lined up in two lines at the Nerf basketball hoop and she would give us a challenging word to spell. The student who spelled the word correctly got to take a shot from the Nerf foul line she had set up in her classroom. If you made it, you earned a prize.

“Take a shot.” she said and that stuck with me forever. Eternally.

Some of our Master Teachers have inspired me equally. Eternally.

Here are a couple of their inspiring quotes:

In regards to adapting to the Common Core:

“Students will rise to the challenge if we do too.”

–  NEA Master Teacher Jessica Keigan. Jessica is a Grade 10 ELA teacher at Horizon High School in Thornton, Colorado.

“Learning begets further learning!” 

– Tweeted by NEA Master Teacher Kelli Smith at the NEA / BetterLesson Master Teacher Project Conference. Kelli teaches Kindergarten ELA at Pleasant Ridge Elementary School in Knoxville, Tennessee.

In regards to being a part of the NEA / BetterLesson Master Teacher Project Conference:

“Proud to be the only MO teacher representing @MNEAAdvocate and learning at the @BetterLesson @NEAToday Master Teacher Conf #NEAMTPCON”

– Tweeted by NEA Master Teacher Lindsay Thompson. Lindsay teaches Grade 10 ELA at William Crisman High School in Independence, Missouri.

“NEA / BetterLesson MTP Conference: collaboration, cutting edge, inspiration, affirmation, motivation…learning..Thank you!! #NEAMTPCON”

– Tweeted by NEA Master Teacher Mary Ellen Kanthack. Mary Ellen teaches Grade 4 Math at Brookwood Middle School in Genoa City, Wisconsin.

I was in sixth grade over 20 years ago. I’ll never forget Mrs. Weaver’s impact.

I think it’s safe to say that Henry Adams was right on. The reason a teacher can’t tell where his or her influence stops is because it doesn’t stop. A teacher affects eternity.


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