By Teachers, For Teachers
The classroom relationship between a student and a teacher can extend years after the classroom doors have closed. In Finding Mrs. Warnecke: The Difference Teachers Make, readers see how one teacher made an incredible impact on her students and learn just how special the classroom bond between a student and teacher can be.
This excerpt from Finding Mrs. Warnecke: The Difference Teachers Make gives you a glimpse into this unique relationship.
“Now, Cerrone, what do you think the judges will think if they come in here
I was not nervous on the day the judges came. I had been nervous before, especially during the interviews, but now they were here in my classroom with my children. I just wanted them to see how I had worked to teach those fifteen children to be better readers. I had taught them strategies to help them interact with text and raise their level of comprehension. And I had done it with the help of my most important teaching tool – relationships.
As I planned my lesson for the special day, I laminated several pictures from a magazine. On the day the visitors sat in my classroom, I asked my students to look at the pictures and then brainstorm ideas for a description paper. One by one, I held the pictures up and asked the students to describe them. When it was Jonathan‘s turn, I displayed a picture of a festive multi-colored hot air balloon, though I immediately wished I chosen a better selection for him– maybe a sports picture, something more masculine; I didn‘t want to make him uncomfortable. But the picture was already up there for the class, and the committee, to see, so I moved on.
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