Teaching is a talent.
Would we go back a bit to recall those special memories about teachers that had really taught us something special, something we still remember? Are there any? Or Your teachers had that traditional style that gives students no more than what’s already been in books.
Marva Collins was a talented teacher, believing that every child has a right to learn and can learn. She hasn’t got a certificate in Education; her degree was in secretarial science, but her teaching methods became far better than many of those highly qualified teachers. So what was special about her?
Collins resigned from the teaching position at Chicago public school because she didn’t believe in the system that teaches to the test and eliminates children with learning disabilities. She launched Westside Preparatory School which was a one-room school with eighteen students of different abilities. There, she cared for every single student in the class. She gave good quality and quantity of education, she gave love and respect, and her students learned how to be themselves and to choose a better way of living.
These are some of her phrases which she used to inspire her students;
‘’You have the choice, the right to choose what kind of person you want to be.’’
‘’This is my life to use or to throw away.’’
‘’You are not in school for your parents, for your teachers, or for anyone else. You are here for yourselves.’’
There is a movie available on Youtube about her story. It’s great, why not watching?
Happy New Year!
With all best wishes,