Teachers Can Change Lives
“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
Teachers are given the opportunity to change a child’s life every day. In my life, some teachers have positivity impacted me, and some have negatively impacted me. The teachers that you have decide if your year is great, or miserable. Teachers are given so much power, and it is amazing how they use it to change students lives. When I came to Fenn in fourth grade I was extremely nervous. I didn’t know anyone, and I was extremely nervous. Luckily for me I had an advisor that would constantly go out of his way to make sure I was ok. All Fenn fourth graders look to Mr. Smith as a role model, but not everyone had him as a teacher of two different classes. Many of Mr. Smith’s actions positively effected me, but one specifically stands out to me. It was a late afternoon english class on a Friday. At the time nobody wanted to be in the class, so the students where not very focused. Mr. Smith decided to take it into his own hands to make the students focus. Rather than yelling he hit the desk of the student not paying attention with a baseball bat. Us being a group of fourth graders we found this action to be both funny and scary at the same time. Everybody in the class cracked up for about a minute, but after this action Mr. Smith had the attention of the entire class. This moment survived as one of my only memories from fourth grade. Some may see hitting a desk with a baseball bat as a horrible method of teaching, but I see it a incredibly smart. The teacher was able to get a group of fifteen fourth graders to pay attention in a last period english class. This showed me that anything is possible if you find a creative enough solution.