The Art of Teaching

Because we believe that the true center of learning is not located in the brain. It is found in the heart.

#whyiteach

The Art of Teaching

Because we believe that the true center of learning is not located in the brain. It is found in the heart.

#whyiteach

The Art of Teaching

Because we believe that the true center of learning is not located in the brain. It is found in the heart.

#whyiteach

The Art of Teaching

Because we believe that the true center of learning is not located in the brain. It is found in the heart.

#whyiteach


Watching impressionable minds turn on to new ideas is what truly represents the real art of teaching. Educators face a constantly changing environment, one that is shaped by emerging trends, fiscal challenges and organizational pressures. And yet through it all they adapt, they improvise and they overcome – all in an effort to teach.


In all of its traditional and emerging forms, it is this spirit—this art of teaching—that we seek to encourage, foster and celebrate. Because we believe that the true center of learning doesn’t just happen in the brain, but it is found in the heart.


"You have to figure out a way to connect with a kid in a way that allows them to discover something great in themselves."

- Beth D., Elementary & Third Grade Gifted Teacher


I THINK


This, I think….as a brand new teacher, I would go to work every day and try to live in that strange space between pure joy and feeling completely overwhelmed. All around me, twenty-five relentless minds powered the mouths, ears and eyes of these children who were eager to learn. And then, somewhere along the way, I realized—to be confident as the educator that I knew I could be, while there are things that can be taught…some things, you just have to learn.

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I KNOW


This, I know…having been a teacher for many years, learning doesn't happen in the classroom. Learning happens in the space between a teacher and a student. A connection between two people and an idea. Most people think that teaching is hard. But most people don't understand how hard. And at the end of the day these kids are the reward. Times change. Tools change. But what a child needs from other human beings does not change. Making that connection is what this job is really all about.

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I'VE LEARNED


This, I've learned….as I walk the halls as a principal, I see it…in the faces of these teachers, these brilliant minds who could do anything and have chosen to make the classroom their office, to make these kids the customers of their ideas. There's not a recipe for what makes a great teacher they all share a common center, a mix of expertise, passion—and an extra helping of patience. If I could bottle it, I would. But I can't. So instead, I make it my job to help them be great at theirs.

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"You have to be humble enough to learn right alongside your students."

- Steve G., High School English & Film Teacher