Saturday, August 18, 2012

The DMS Wants to Know!


This week has been quite an education! Monday's Riddle opened up the subject of teachers, and Lizzy transported us back into the classroom with her review of the middle grade novel, Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob BuyeaOn Top of the Heap, we enjoyed sharing our thoughts about a couple of teachers who we felt deserved to be mentioned. And Friday, Sarah Weeks, author of the delicious novel PIE stopped by to tell us a little more about her story. Plus, the Last Days of Freedom Book Giveaway Hop will be running until Wednesday, August 22nd. We are giving away some great middle grade titles, so be sure to check it out. Today, we want to hear your thoughts about teachers and how they have impacted your life!

The DMS wants to know: Who do you think is a truly great teacher? What lessons did they teach you?

We'll told you ours, now let's hear yours!


26 comments:

  1. I think that my mom and dad were my bestest ever teachers. They taught me to love books and that getting an education was the best thing anybody could do!

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    1. Hi Patty, That's so wonderful to hear about your parents. They are so important! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  2. My dad was my best teacher. He taught me to read you g, worked in The Museum of Natural History, where i spent an awful lot of time behind the scenes, so to speak, and taught me about life, It was great.

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    1. Hi Alex, That is so cool! What a great thing to share with your dad : ) Always lovely to hear from you : ) ~ F

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  3. This may sound silly, but honestly my children have been the best teachers in my life: they've taught me to love unconditionally, to have an open mind to new ideas & technologies & people. They've also taught me what it means to sacrifice and give from the heart. They've certainly taught me patience lol

    Also, they've taught me to kick serious butt at video games, which is pretty darn cool <3 :D

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    1. Hi M.A.D., I think my little sister, Margo, is an amazing, zen teacher- where she is in her head sometimes, I just don't know! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with us : ) ~ F

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  4. Hmm, tough question, but one who stands out was a university tutor of mine who taught me a lot about the meaning of "success" and that it's more important to take your own right path than to try and meet others' expectations.

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    1. Hi Rachel, That's a great lesson that can do nothing else but lead to success, leaving no room to fail. Thanks so much for stopping by : ) ~ F

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  5. A good teacher is someone who pushes you to be even better!

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    1. Hi Heidi, My dad is like that. Thanks so much for stopping by! We love to hear your thoughts : ) ~ F

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  6. Hi Jess: Thanks for stopping by again.

    I'll never forget my 5th grade teacher. She was the first non-family related adult to encourage my writing and make me feel like I had a talent.

    I was also lucky to have two really tough journalism professors. They were hard on me - on all of us - but they made me work harder and strive to do better.

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    1. Hi Nikki- I am really enjoying your blog. Thanks for stopping back here.

      How wonderful that your 5th grade teacher made such an impression on you. Look where it has taken you! It sounds like your professors were great, too! Thanks for sharing. ~Jess

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  7. I've several super teachers, but two stand out as special and I think that even though they were distinctly different, they both guided me into the love of books. For that I will always be grateful.

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    1. Hi Lee- I love that that two teachers stand out had such different styles. It just goes to show that we need all different types of teachers. :) ~F

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  8. we just had this discussion!! and the kids seem to like the teachers that have high expectations of themselves and their students....and they tell me how in their classes the kids behave and listen and the same kids in another class are running all over the place throwing paper balls...I could never be a teacher! I admire teachers.

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    1. Annmarie- Glad you had a family discussion about this. I agree with your kids! It is so important for teachers to have high expectations of themselves and the class. Teachers have a hard job! ~F

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  9. My sophomore year English teacher made me want to become a teacher, which I did. He was so enthusiastic about books, and that enthusiasm was contagious. When I was in college, I had to write an essay about someone who inspired me to become a teacher and I wrote about him. I sent it to him too, as a way to say thank you for the positive influence he had on me.

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    1. Kelly- Your teacher sounds amazing. I love that you wrote about him in college and sent it to him. I imagine he was very touched. We should all let the special teachers in our lives know how important they are to us. Thanks for sharing! ~F

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  10. I loved our Religious Education (RE) teacher Mr Solly because he believed he had as much to learn from us as we did from him.

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    1. Petty- How great that your RE teacher believed they had a lot to learn from their students too. So true! ~F

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  11. Katertot here! I love this post. The best teacher I've ever had would have to be my mom. She inspires me every day to do my best and be creative. I loved your choices of teachers, too! Professor McGonagall is the BEST! <3

    Michele here! I've been blessed with many great teachers in my life, with the most wonderful being my parents and my daughter. As parents, we try to teach our children every day, but I have found that I learn how to be a better person from Katertot every day. ;)

    Fabulous post! <3

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    1. Cheles Bells- Both of you lovely ladies answered our question beautifully! Sory blogger ate your first comment, but we are glad you commented again. We were able to recover this one (it marked it as spam- which we said it certainly wasn't). :) Thanks for stopping by! ~Jess and Stephanie

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  12. Oh no! Blogger ate our comments :( Trying again:

    Katertot: I love this post and your choices! Professor McGonagall is the BEST! My favorite teacher is my mom. <3

    Michele: Fabulous post! My parents are wonderful teachers, and I find I learn how to be a better person from my daughter ;)

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    1. Cheles Bells- So sorry Blogger ate your comments. I don't like when things like that happen!

      Katertot- McGonagall is awesome! I love that your favorite teacher is your mom!

      Michele- So glad you enjoyed the post! I think it is awesome that your parents are wonderful teachers and that Katertot has taught you to be a better person.

      Thanks for visiting! ~F

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  13. Huh, I thought I answered this. I'd vote for McGonagall anytime, or Lupin.

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    1. Donna- Thanks for letting us know your thoughts! Such great picks. :) ~L

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