Thanks to Participant Media for sponsoring today’s discussion.
Last year my little dude started his first year of pre-school. He had always been home with me, so it was definitely a bittersweet time. On one hand, it was amazing seeing him so excited about going to school and on the other hand I was struggling with the fact that my baby was growing up.
On his first day we encountered a beautiful classroom. It was chock full of bright colors and engaging activity centers. I had such high hopes for his first experience with education. Unfortunately, it became clear fairly quickly that it wasn’t the place for my energetic kiddo. We both were in tears more often than not and, eventually, I had to make the tough decision to pull him out. As important as academics are, pre-schoolers need nurturing as well. The impact of a teacher was made all too clear to us.
As disappointing as our first experience with school was, I don’t dwell on it because it brought us to Ms. Maria’s classroom. After just a few days in her hands, I noticed a major difference in my son. His sparkling personality was back and he couldn’t wait to go to school every day. He was having fun AND learning at the same time. That’s all I wanted for him.
When it came time for assessments, he aced them! I’ll never be able to thank Ms. Maria or her wonderful assistant enough for the kindness they showed him and for making my quality of life so much better. My heart had been breaking for him every day. Seeing your child struggle is the hardest thing in the world. And seeing them thrive is the greatest gift in the world.
It’s truly amazing what a teacher’s impact on life can be both for our kids AND us! We need to make sure we’re encouraging the best and the brightest to go into education. Our children’s future depends on it!
Check out “TEACH,” a two hour special television event presented by Participant Media, “TEACH” is set to debut on the CBS Television Network on September 6th at 8:00 pm ET/PT. “TEACH” will also air on the new network, Pivot on September 18th at 8:00 pm ET/PT. The Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s third documentary film about education in America asks the question: What Does It Take to Be A Great Teacher Today?
Following four dedicated teachers from different schools across the country over the course of one school year, TEACH gives viewers a window into the challenges, demands and rewards of teaching, with the purpose of elevating and promoting the profession, as well as engaging new teachers and supporting current teachers. We see that for the best teachers, it’s not just a job but a mission.
Watch the trailer at takepart.com/teach and learn how you can play a role in keeping education strong! Mark the “TEACH” documentary air date down on your calendars. You won’t regret it!