Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Teachers Impact the World

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines the word teacher as “one that teaches; especially: one whose occupation is to instruct.” That is such a limited description for a person whose job is truly limitless. I had the privilege of working with some outstanding teachers over the fifteen years I was in the public school system. My experience let me observe teachers in their classrooms from the kindergarten level through the twelfth grade. I was a child specific aide in many of the classes, a room mother in quite a few, and just a spare hand in others. My admiration for any person that chooses the career is boundless. Every grade brings with it special challenges and it’s the teacher’s job to guide each student through the obstacles they may face. A young child often has separation anxiety while the teens are often rebellious and anxious to become adults. A teacher must have the Wisdom of Solomon, the patience of Job, and the tenacity of the devil. On many occasions, I have witnessed teachers use their own money to purchase supplies, clothes, food, and even prom dresses or rent tuxedos for students in need. These random acts of kindness aren’t made for recognition. They simply want to make a difference in the life of a child. Some think people choose to go into education so they can get summers off every year. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most of the teachers I know work two jobs year round and summers are often spent attending college classes, coaching, working with school clubs, traveling to educational seminars or preparing for the next school year. The choice of becoming a teacher and making it a lifelong career is definitely a selfless one made for the love of education and helping children. It’s a new school year and a chance to influence a new group of students. What can a parent do to help? Get involved in your child’s PTSA, attend teacher conferences, and don’t immediately take your child’s side against the teacher. Most schools have their own website and the teachers have pages where they can list homework assignments, upcoming tests, and any help they may need. Log in, get involved, and make a difference! Are there a few bad teachers in the system? Of course, but the majority of our educators are devoted, intelligent, and grossly underpaid. Ask anyone you encounter today to name his or her favorite teacher. It doesn’t matter if the person is 18 or 88 years old, they will recall the name of that one special person who affected their life. We may only have a teacher for one year during our time in school but that one year can make all of the difference in our lives. If you can read this…thank a teacher!

Recipes You’ll Wish You Didn’t Know

Peanut Butter Swirl Caramel Apples


1 pkg. (269 g) Kraft Caramels
5 apples, washed, well dried
3 oz. (1/2 of 170-g pkg.) Baker's White Chocolate
2 Tbsp. Kraft Smooth Peanut Butter

MELT caramels as directed on package.
COAT apples with caramel as directed on package. Do not refrigerate.
MELT chocolate as directed on package; mix with peanut butter until blended. Spoon over apples. Refrigerate 1 hour or until caramel is firm.

Tips from Kraft
Size-Wise Caramel apples, with their built-in portion control, make special treats that are fun to make with your kids.
Food Facts: Wash and dry the apples thoroughly so that the caramel sticks to the apples.
Food Facts: Remove apples from refrigerator 15 min. before serving; let stand at room temperature to soften slightly.

Teach Your Puppy How To Shake!
Everyone is impressed when your puppy can do tricks. One of the easiest to teach is the simple “shake.” Have the pup sit in front of you. (1) Say, “shake” as you put a treat in front of his nose and extend your other hand in front of the pup’s leg. (2) If you’re met with a confused look, press his shoulder muscle with your empty hand. (3) Take his paw immediately when he lifts it off the ground. Give him the treat and lavish praise. (4) Repeat a few times but remember a puppy’s attention span is very short. Patience is a must in all training exercises.

1 comment :

  1. LOVE the new layout! Do I recognize that card catalog? LOL
    You were such an asset to me and HHS as a whole. :-)