Ms. Barbara C.

Ms. Barbara C.

Retired Teacher/ Self-Employed Tutor
San Jose, California

Who was your favorite teacher? Why?

Mrs. Linda Runo. This stellar educator was the first person to tell me, "You should be a teacher." I was stunned and replied, "No, you have to go college to be a teacher and I'm not college material." Now it was her turn to be 'bug eyed' and asked, "Who told you that?!" I went on to explain to her that it was my observation that only the smartest went to 4 year colleges and I was the 2 year 'secretary-type.' She asked me to be late to my next class, her prep, and sat me down and taught me differently. I received my teaching credential in 1978! Thank you Mrs. Runo, you changed the direction of my entire life. I wish I could find you to tell you so.

What are three things every teacher should own?

1. LCD projector 2. Electronic whiteboard 3. Laser pointer The California districts I worked for never supplied the first 2 so I bought them myself. These revolutionized the ability to keep students engaged, especially in middle school.

If you could have any person (living, dead or fictional) as a principal, who would it be?

Abraham Lincoln; wise, patient, and compassionate. My experience was that my principals couldn't seem to get all 3 together at one time. Neither could they recall what it was like to be 'in the trenches.' This is one reason I believe state education codes should be change to include 10 years in the classroom before able to be vice principal or principal, etc.

What profession other than your own would you most like to attempt?

I would love to work with seniors now. I'd still be giving, teaching, and always expanding my own learning. Or, I'd move to the east coast and work for :)

Describe your all-time favorite lesson/unit activity.

Sorry, 35 years, waaaay too many to describe :) Mostly, though, it was the classroom management activities that made the children go inside their own hearts and metacognate about their own learning as well as think of others and how good it is to make others feel accepted and understood.

What is the greatest misconception about teachers?

That we get paid to NOT work the summers. WHY won't this one go away?

What stereotype about teachers is true?

Well, I didn't ever watch the Dr. Phil Show after I heard him say, "Teachers are known to be control freaks." Teachers are creative professionals from whom great ideas just seem to flow without any intent to control.

How did you know you wanted to be a teacher?

Mrs. Linda Runo; someone believed in me when I didn't understand my own possibilities.

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