teach the children well...

posted on: 8.10.2012

I've got back to school on my mind, ya know, like so many of you I'm sure.  
Ty has actually been in school for a week and a half now... sigh... oh, that summer sure did fly by.  But I have to say I do look forward to the starting up of school and the beginning, again, of a time set aside so specifically for learning and growing and measuring the days that make up a year by recesses and other sweet school traditions.  Our Tyty is in the fourth grade this year and already seems to have decided he loves his teacher whose reward based curriculum seems to have him engaged and empowered as a learner.  

So, of course... we're happy, because our big boy is happy and because it seems that, somehow, we have stumbled upon a gem of a teacher who has with years of experience, struck a delicate balance between meeting the requirements of an increasingly standards driven school system and with infusing her classroom and the lives of her students with the boundless creativity that seems to make learning relevant.  

That's no easy task, right?  

I recently received a copy, two actually, of Mission Possible by Eva Moskowitz and Arin Lavinia and it has me thinking again about the teachers I've encountered along my educational journey and the teachers Ty will encounter along his.  Mission Possible takes a closer look at the incredibly successful New York City charter schools featured in the documentary Waiting For Superman.  Having seen the documentary I was eager to read the book and to hopefully gain more insight into how the featured schools achieved such remarkable success.

Sometimes I wonder how teachers like Ty's do it, how they find the time and the motivation to go the extra mile, to infuse their work with creativity and the beautiful innovation that in turn inspires their students.  It seems so often teachers are not set up, by our society, to rise as other professionals might be.  We seem so very concerned with ensuring all teachers are rewarded with job security that we neglect to allow for the regular rewarding of teachers based on job performance, as many other professionals so often are.  

I would so love to hear your thoughts on teachers and how to set them up to be most successful as you get ready for the back to school season.
If you'd like, you can enter to win a copy of Mission Possible by leaving a comment below.  If you'd like to keep up with the authors you can do so on twitter here or facebook here.

live sweet, 


This post is sponsored by Mission Possible.  I was compensated for writing this post.  The opinions expressed are so totally my own.


  1. A few of my friends are teachers and I would love any of them to teach Pete. I've noticed a lot of people I studied with have ended up being teachers and because it was their 2nd choice they aren't as passionate about it. So I think you have to go into it knowing what you're getting yourself into, it has to be a job you love!

  2. oh school! why must you take my kids from me?! i so love our carefree summers where we can just be.
    i wanted to thank you nicole for being so kind (and patient) to me as a newish blogger and im sure you are nominated often for awards because you exude sweetness but as you know im loving your blog and i have nominated you for the sunshine award. you can read about it here http://kendrakaypahukoa.blogspot.com/2012/08/aloha-friday-oh-and-i-was-nominated-for.html
    have a fabulous aloha friday!!!

  3. I've got a friend who is a kindergarten teacher. She really struggles with getting support from parents and the state for the amazing work that she does. Unfortunately, being a teacher can be one of the most passionate jobs out there, but all the give often leads to not much take. She has more tough days than good, but one smile from a happy kid is usually all she needs to cheer up. I think a little motivation goes a long way, and if parents and teachers are willing to work with one another on the needs of the kids individually it can have amazing results.


  4. I haven't heard of this book, but what you said about standards driven educators vs educating driven educators is so poignant. Avd just the thing we were discussing at dinner this evening. Even my kids get it. Even they see the difference- so that us saying something.

    Here's to supporting our kids, our teachers and filling in where we can as parents because we too are their teachers.


  5. Nicole,
    Yet again you've written a thought provoking post... I've been insanely busy getting my three children ready for school (Pre-K/1st grade). How will I support their teachers? Honest communication, accepting my children's weaknesses and helping/guiding them towards more positive alternatives, reinforcing classroom expectations, and making sure their basic needs are met each day before walking out the door (a belly full of healthy food and a good nights sleep do a world of good). Thanks for hosting :)

  6. back to school is heavy on my heart this week too... good teachers who go above and beyond are such a wonderful gem to find and I hope I make mine feel appreciated for what they do. sending your child off into the unknown can be so scary, but knowing they're in good hands makes all the difference.. I think supporting them in what they're trying to tell you about your children and opening up the lines of communication is so essential. thanks for this post!

  7. I think it is so, so important for teachers to take the time to understand their students. A teacher that can grasp "why" is able to adjust the curriculum and teaching technique so the student gains the most. This is becoming increasingly difficult with class sizes increasing and budgets declining. My heart goes out to all teachers because they really do have a difficult job - one that can definitely be as discouraging as rewarding!


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