Mission Possible: + Giveaway
Stagnation, being unable to accomplish one’s job at a high level, is one of the greatest sources of low teacher morale. Why do you think this country treats teaching so differently than it does other professions?
Becoming a teacher is not something to enter into lightly. It is not a good “fall back” career, you are not likely to become a wealthy teacher, there is little fame, since each school likely only has one principal, there is very little room for promotion. Teachers have to have excellent people skills, organizational skills and motivational skills.
However, many of us view those who decide to go into teaching as failures. We act as if they are teaching because it is all they can do.
Of course, these attitudes are wrong! Teaching is an important career, and it can be very rewarding, if you change your view of rewards.
Every year, parents across the country entrust their most precious, beloved family members, their sons and daughters to the care of teachers.
We trust teachers to mold, teach and inspire our children.
We don’t always give teachers the tools that they need.
Teachers need our trust and support. Teachers need parents to back them up. Teachers need us to teach our children to respect their teachers.
Of course, this is a two way street. Teachers also have to respect their jobs, and give their students their all as well. In the end, it really is more about the kids, and what they gain, than recognition for the teacher.
Recently I had the opportunity to read the book, Mission Possible by Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia. What I read was an inspiring fresh look at education and proof that expecting excellence from our students produces positive results!
Mission Possible was written by former New York City Council Member, Erin Moskowitz, who founded and is the CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools. She founded the first school, in Harlem, with the belief that principals and teachers hold the keys to academic excellence. She demanded that the adults in the schools work harder and improved their performance. She raised the bar for academic excellence, and had the belief that children can and will rise to adult expectations. This book shows how changes were made in the lives of underprivileged students by pushing them towards academic success.
The book is peppered with examples from Arin Lavina’s THINK Literacy, which is a common sense approach to balanced literacy.
I found myself smiling, nodding and agreeing as I read through this idealistic, and yet totally realistic view of education.
I also found myself thankful that even though my children are not enrolled in a Success Academy, they have teachers and principals that truly care and push my children towards excellence!
I have an additional copy of Mission Possible to give away to one of my smart, smart readers! It also includes a DVD with Success Academy teachers in action! This book is perfect for teachers, parents, policy makers, or anyone who cares for children! Simply enter here, on my Rafflecopter form!
disclosure: I was compensated for this post. However, as usual, all opinions are 100% my own!