- It’s okay to let students be the teachers. I remember when he was nearing retirement and was asked to teach a computer graphics course on the school Apples. He let the students do a lot of experiential learning and report back to the class and to each other.
- Get involved with the community. From serving as a volunteer fireman to being involved on school scholarship committees, he was an example of the importance of giving back to the community.
- Treat the custodians and secretaries as if they are the most important people in the school.
- Socialize with your colleagues outside of school, but leave “school” behind when you are out (if you can.)
- Procrastination happens and you will have to pay the consequences. As a result of this philosophy, I can remember paint drying on sets for musicals while dress rehearsals were going on. Procrastination is also why although I had the idea for a week of tributes a bit ago, on the first day of Teacher Appreciation Week at 10:31pm I am writing the first blog. The consequence is that I will be tired.
Monday, May 7, 2012
Teacher Appreciation Week: Lessons from My High School Art Teacher
In honor of teacher appreciation week, I’ve decided to write a blog each day of the week as a tribute to a teacher or teachers who have made a difference in my life. The easiest place to start is with my high school art teacher, who also was my father. Five lessons I learned from him in his role as an art teacher included:
What lessons have you learned beyond the scope of class from a teacher?