Contributor: Kimberly Freeman (LMS)
In a recent interview, Kimberly Freeman (Latin teacher at LMS) was asked to describe a student success story. Her answer included the following quote which inspired the name of this post:
"After the Milken award, he tagged me in an Instagram post with this caption: '#myteacherrocks She helps me through everything, never lets me give up, pushes me to my limit and I love her for it. She is the
recipient of a national teacher award. All love prayers go out to Mrs. Freeman (and I wouldn't
be the person I am now if it wasn't for her.)' Truth be told, that post was more meaningful to
me than the award itself."
As we are getting very close to the end of the year, when many teachers (and students) are in survival mode, I thought I would share some advice from Kimberly. She says,
"One of the things I have found to be extremely important today is helping learners see the relevance of their learning. I’m not attached to a name or a program, but I know this: students who feel their perspectives
and interests are valued and considered are much more likely to invest in their own learning."
By joining students in that learning, I am able to help them find meaningful connections and
embrace the challenges of learning this ancient language with a fresh perspective...
...In the days that are exhausting and the seasons that seem overwhelming, we have to remember why we
walked in the doors in the beginning. We have to remember that there is no other profession in
which people have the ability to reach into our future and instill grit, determination and a
great deal of hope like we do in education. That’s a great joy and a great responsibility, and it’s
one that holds me in education in the midst of deeply exhausting days."
You can read more about Kimberly in an interview she wrote for the Milken Foundation.
What you are doing is important! Hang in there. Summer will be here soon.
What advice do you have for your fellow teachers at this point in the year?
Leave a comment, or write the next post of Voices in the Field.
World Language Teacher Support Specialist (and Language Enthusiast)