Words of Advice for Teachers

Tomorrow marks the very last day that I will be an English Education teacher, because it is the “last bell” (aka the last day of school). It’s been a long (and at the same time short) two years, and more than anything I am going to miss the people I have met here, and watching the 2nd graders grow up and develop their English skills.

But today, as I was making my cherry pies, I temporarily misplaced one of the memory cards for my camera, so I grabbed another one. As usual I forgot to clean it but it wasn’t important because I didn’t have many photos to take. But I didn’t realize this until I opened the folder to load the images onto my computer and I found this video.

Maria was given a medal during the Soviet era for being the best teacher in Moldova because she created a language lab using tapes and headphones for the students to learn (which, ironically, have since disappeared). She compares to my high school English teacher when I think back on the passion for teaching they have, and their love of children. So, I believe the question I asked Maria here was, “If you could give a teacher advice, what would it be?” For all of you future teachers out there, this is for you. Don’t forget it!

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  1. Moe May 31, 2012 at 12:39 am Permalink

    This video is something you should keep forever. Maria is beautiful and insightful. I’m sure you’ll miss her (Scarecrow) most of all.

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  2. Rick May 31, 2012 at 3:44 pm Permalink

    Great advice for all, not just teachers and students. I know you will miss Maria. She played a very important roll to you your first few months. The gift she gave me still is hanging in my condo.

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