This writing is just one educator's view from this side of the desk.
This past week I began a new chapter in my life. I have uprooted our lives in Texas and moved us to southern Alabama to teach and conduct research in higher education. Even though this isn't my first time in higher ed, I wasn't sure what to expect. And my expectations were more than met. In fact, I was blown away. My students are articulate and dedicated and bright. After years as a public school administrator, I have finally begun to unearth that spark I once felt as a classroom teacher. I want to do well for my students - I want to challenge them - I want them to evolve. But most of all, I look forward to watching them grow into teachers. In one of my classes this week, I told my students that teaching someone to read could quite possibly be the most powerful thing one can do for another. I realized by Friday that I had misinformed them. Shaping one into a teacher - a quality teacher - is the most powerful thing one can do for another.