Copyright © Louis Schmier and Atwood Publishing.
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 1999 08:23:06 -0500 (EST)
I received a message from a young teacher-to-be. He was scared. He was going into his first classroom. He wanted advice on how to teach. What could I tell him. I was gratified by the request, but I don't really like to give advice so much as I share myself. After all, I know myself best and others least. This is what I told him I do, and I'd like to share it with you:
Want to be there with every fiber of your being. Teach each and every student. Reach out and touch that other human being, one at a time. Stop looking for pat answers, for such-fire formulae, for the one way, for guarantees. There aren't any. Trust your instinct.
Scared? That's okay. You should be. I am. Every day. What you are doing is important.
Make it a good day. --Louis-- Louis Schmier firstname.lastname@example.org Department of History http://www.halcyon.com/arborhts/louis.html Valdosta State University Valdosta, GA 31698 /~\ /\ /\ 912-333-5947 /^\ / \ / /~ \ /~\__/\ / \__/ \/ / /\ /~ \ /\/\-/ /^\___\______\_______/__/_______/^\ -_~ / "If you want to climb mountains, \ /^\ _ _ / don't practice on mole hills" -\____