School Leaders: Don't Let Your Teachers Lose Heart
I lined up to board a plane in Seattle when a security agent reached for my husband's ticket and read it. She said, "Barnoski?" Then she swiveled her head, finding me as her eyes filled with tears. "Mrs. Barnoski, I was one of your students in high school!" I recognized Andrea right away; it was her smile. She reached out to hug me as I kissed her on the cheek.
As I walked down the ramp to the plane, someone tapped me on the shoulder. A man asked, "You're a teacher, aren't you? So am I. History. Seeing former students is a great part of the job, isn't it?" I agreed. It is all about connections. Andrea and I made a connection when she was 16, and we formed a relationship.
Teachers have the same two goals: connecting with their students and helping them learn as much as they can about a subject area. In my case, as a high school English teacher (now retired), my focus was to teach my students how to read, write, and speak effectively. My colleagues and I sometimes differed on our methods, but we were committed to helping our students succeed in...
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