It takes a teacher...



There are many types of families....{sports} families , {musical} families, {outdoors} families, {educational} families...I suppose the list could go on and on...

We fall into the {sports} families...my kids love sports and we love watching...if someone is not "playing" then we are probaly "watching". But beyond sports, we do expect our children to do well in school and strive to do their best but I must face it. My son especially would much rather have a "ball" in his hand than a 25 chapter book.

But, over the past quarter I have noticed that my son is taking a {huge} interest in Science and electrical {things} and machines. He even asked me to go to the library to get some Science books. I almost fell over and of course, we were in the car in two minutes {flat}. He has read those books from cover to cover...then took his Christmas money and bought all these electrical kits, wires, conducters and spent hours.

He even built from scratch a "sweet tart" hole maker....it drills a hole in a sweet tart and you can make candy necklaces. Maybe he could mass produce them for an Etsy shop.

All this interest is b/c of his teacher! She has encouraged him and acknowledged his understanding in the sciences. She even has let him come into the lab while my other child is at practice and work on some of the experiments he is doing in class. This teacher is interested in his {creations} and encourages him.

I remember my college education professor once saying to all the "teachers-to-be"-

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates.

The great teacher inspires.





18 comments:

Mari said...

I'm impressed! It'll be interesting to see what he's doing in a few years!

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

Wow, that is a fantastic teacher! My dad learned so much of his skills from just reading that type of book. Your boy has a good mind and that's wonderful that he has found something of interest to him in addition to sports.

April said...

You may very well have a mechanical or electrical engineer on your hands...good for him! I completely agree with you about teachers. They can make or break a child's love for learning.

Ruby Red Slippers said...

This is wonderful-and I love that quote-
My boys got some kind of electrical thingy for their birthday, and are trying to make a mini roller coaster...It is slow going, and I can't help them! I am of no use when it come to this topic...
I am excited to see the Sweet tart thing-My boys would LOVE it!!!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

This is wonderful, Sandy! Would that all teachers could inspire. That would be my close friend Trish. She's an inspiration and really loves the children. Some of her past library aides have gone on to be hugely successful. They all adored her, too.

XO,

Sheila :-)

vickifree said...

HE ROCKs!!
I want that teacher ..!!!

SPEAKING FROM THE CRIB said...

this is great stuff to hear!

Ruth said...

That is so great. What a wonderful teacher. Your son will never forget her and how she encouraged him.

Ruth

Darlene said...

It sounds like his teacher is wonderful and encouraging his creativity!!!

Jboo said...

Wow -- what a great teacher your son has -- so exciting to watch your children learn and enjoy it! Have a great week!

Janet

Kristy said...

I just love reading your blog!!!

Love and blessings, Kristy

tales from an oc cottage said...

How awesome! My older brother was just like this...at my mom's request, he took all the "rat-a-tatty" sound making things out of my younger brother's toys...but he also took the motor out of my Dancerina ("to see what is does")! ;}

m ^..^

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Mrs Montoya said...

What a wonderful tribute to teacher's who make a difference. We have one of those this year, too and it's the greatest feeling to see my child thrive under someone else's positive influence. I love this post and can't wait for my link to his etsy shop!! I'd buy that necklace again and again :)

Angela said...

Wow! That is so special. I am sure you are thrilled to have such an incredible teacher involved in your son's life! What a tremendous gift.

LuLu said...

That is fantastic! I love great teachers who motivate our children. It's exciting to see what subjects our children "love"
xo,
LuLu

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Caution Flag said...

Send a letter to her boss. Today! How wonderful your boy has someone like that igniting that spark for him.