edu180atl: steve nowack 11.7.11
Today, I realized my students function well as the teachers for life and learning. In my eighth grade English classroom, we started a new vocabulary idea this year entitled “Word of the Week.” In short, we choose a word for the week, and every time students use these words anywhere they place their name on a Popsicle stick that is placed in a bucket. We then periodically select one winner from all of the entries, and that winner selects their prize. My students often choose finite items with immediate gratification.
This morning, I informed one of my students that her name was drawn. She was excited and mentioned that this was the first time her family had won anything! I then inquired as to what she was going to choose for her prize, and she immediately proclaimed, “I would like to donate my winnings to the middle school charity.” I was floored.
I do not know that I would have thought this way as a middle-school student.
I am not sure this would have been my first instinct as an adult.
This young girl taught me a valuable lesson about what true charity looks like. It is pure and unadulterated. It has no motive.
So today, I realized that as long as I am willing to learn, my students can always show me a new way to look at the world, and I believe this is a truly important part of education.
About the Author: Steve Nowack (@stevenowack) teaches Middle and High School English at Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School while juggling basketball-coaching duties with an entertaining family of five. Open to collaboration, he feels like there is always something new to learn in the world of education.