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A true influence on a generation is George Kouros

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I’ve been thinking about this post since coming out”Because of the teacher, Volume II: Stories from the early years of teaching” and I wanted to share this quick thought with you all…


Years ago I saw an internet meme that I often share as a joke. The quote is:

“Tradition is peer pressure from dead people.”

It’s always good for a laugh (that’s part of the point), but I share it to remind people that just because we’ve always done something in education doesn’t mean we always have to do it. Then I tell you how I often tell stories to earn my points, which I believe is one of the oldest teaching methods in the world.

The practice was used yesterday, is being used today, will be used tomorrow.

If it works, I’m all for it.

In fact, I truly believe that there are so many lessons that I learned in school that things not only benefit me, but also others that I share them with.

For example, I remember my high school soccer coach and PE teacher sharing the following words with me when I wanted to be the captain of the soccer team: “You can be ready to lead anything, but it is more important that you be the one who is worth going.”

I always think about it and try to match what he shared. But I also share this idea with others I have the opportunity to work with, and it appeals to many who probably share it with others they work with. My teacher passed this idea on to me and I passed it on to others. It still sounds today.

But I don’t see this generational impact in just teaching, learning and leadership. I see it with my own children.

I remember in Kindergarten my teacher, Mrs. Stock, taught me how to tie my shoes using “bunny ears” and even though we learned a more “advanced” method the next day, bunny ears still remain in my jam.

And you know who else ties their shoes with bunny ears? My daughter Kaleya.

Because this is what my kindergarten teacher taught me, and I wanted to pass it on to my children. Every time I watch her tie her shoes, I think of Mrs. Stock. I like it.

In 3rd grade, my teacher, Mrs. Penrose, taught me to count to 100 on my fingers using a method called Cheesebop. I use it all the time and will pass it on to my kids as it is the best counting method I have ever used.

These lessons from the past are important today and I hope that one day my children will pass these lessons on to their children.

This is a teacher’s legacy and a true influence on generations.

So just a reminder…

Not all old is bad, and not all new is good.

Never discount the lessons of our past, as they can have a profound impact on today’s children.

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