Thursday, September 27, 2018

My Background in Education Before College

I got to thinking that these reflections would have more meaning with some context so I decided to do a series on my background.

Through first grade to high school graduation you could say that I was a low average student and a bit above average pain in the neck.  I didn't have any serious problems beyond undiagnosed mild dyslexia and a desire to learn what interested me, as opposed to what the school system wanted to teach me.  And a very serious lack of respect for people who are more interested in following rules than common sense.  Let's just say my high school principal was relieved to see me graduate.  But all in all, every other teacher or so seemed to figure out how to get me interested before trying to teach me or when they saw me going off in a tangent encouraged and supported me.  They made me a better teacher.  Miss Simes, one room school - grade 3, taught me that care, encouragement, & comic books can overcome reading problems.  Mr. Taylor, Jr. High librarian, showed me that I could love reading the biggest & hardest book if I was interested enough and read for understanding and not detail.  Mr. Burr, high school history, taught me that cause & effect is far more useful & interesting than names & dates.  Mr. Stevens, chemistry, for letting me discovery that I could be an independent learner and for taking a risk (letting me do experiments before & after school unsupervised - he did pre-approved them first) so a a student could soar.  And of course Mrs. Vot, high school English, for showing that the teacher of your most hated subject could also be your biggest cheerleader.

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My Background in Education Before College

I got to thinking that these reflections would have more meaning with some context so I decided to do a series on my background. Through f...