Wednesday, September 9, 2015
What is a valuable lesson you learned from a teacher?
As I went through all my years of schooling, from kindergarten through graduating college, I recall many wonderful teachers. There was my 1st 5th grade teacher, Miss Martha Shaner, at Johnson Heights Elementary School in Cumberland, MD. (We moved to Salt Lake City in the middle of my 5th grade year.) She had my classmates write stories for me about the adventures I would have in the "Wild West". At the time, I had no idea that Utah was even a state, let alone its location. Let me tell you, I was quite the little heroine!
Another teacher I remember was my 11th grade English teacher. Unfortunately I do not remember her name. She had severe black shoulder-length hair. I signed up for a Shakespeare class in my senior year partly because, hey, it was Shakespeare, and partly because this instructor was teaching the course.
I remember the class was having a discussion. She asked a question and one of the other students was answering, giving a detailed response. The teacher looked at this student and said, "You argued your point very well. You're wrong, of course, but you made a good case." That was going on four decades ago, but I still remember where I sat in the class and I can 'see' her saying that.
She did not mean it in a belittling way. She acknowledged the student's effort and use of his (or her) discussion skills. I hope that student learned as much as I did that day.
What was my lesson? I can get my point across while disagreeing with someone in an agreeable manner. I have as much right as the next person to express my point of view, even if it is wrong or in the minority. And I better be ready to defend my position. No one (well very few) sets out to do an awful job. I have learned from the examples of others, and hopefully have given a few good examples myself.
What is an important lesson you have learned in your life?