We teach future teachers…those people who will positively or negatively influence YOUR children. We just want you to think for a minute of the impact that will have on thousands and thousands of kids throughout the world! No small task in that power!
We believe in preparing our teacher candidates to be POWERFUL teachers. We positively role model it every day, leading by example. We build positive relationships with our teacher candidates so they know we sincerely care about them because “students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” ~anonymous
We have passion and enthusiasm for this profession, and we bring our WOW game to work every.single.day! We toss unexpected kindness around our department like pixie dust so our teacher candidates learn to soar as powerful teachers.
WE are POWERFUL teachers, and we facilitate our teacher candidates to become POWERFUL teachers too. They are sponges, wanting to absorb all our thoughts, stories, insights, and ideas on HOW to become a powerful teacher.
Our teacher candidates requested us to pencil these experiences into a book so they will have a reference to use when they finally get out into the real world and begin teaching. We have unconditional regard for our teacher candidates so we complied.
Our book was born. 🙂 Say hello to POWERFUL Teaching, which hit the bookshelf this week! Tangled author emotions abound. Excited to be published, hopeful it meets our teacher candidates’ expectations, fearful of being scrutinized. Squash that fear!!
You will find this book has a unique twist to it as each author has their own writing style. We believe you will find these varying styles intriguing while you read the book. Below are a few excerpts from POWERFUL Teaching. Enjoy!
“Passion for education can be expressed in multiple ways. A voice that exudes contagious, excitement as it echoes through the building. While others are subtler, showing their love for the craft in more understated formats; that after class discussion which includes a nudge when needed, staying late, arriving early, never looking for recognition. No matter how it is illustrated, what is evident in those who are passionate about teaching is a deep love for the craft that is recognizable from the moment you encounter the person.” ~Dr. Mary Risacher, page 2.
“Open-mindedness does not happen overnight. It is equivalent to exercise. We know it is good for us and we should do it as often as we can, but humans do best when they build slowly. So, think of it as an exercise for your brain and conditioning until it becomes more automatic; a sort of rewiring for your brain!” ~Dr. Mary Risacher, page 16.
“We write history together each day in our ordinary and extraordinary work. What story we create and tell together depends on the WOW-factor in our work and lives. Together we can do more, be more, wow more. Wow is our collective creativity. Be the WOW-factor in teaching and learning. This work is serious business. This work is seriously an art form. Wow brings joy into learning…” ~Dr. Sonya Vierstraete, page 31.
“If you plan to hang out with children all day you absolutely have got to go out and find yourself some serious enthusiasm! Enthusiasm simply means having intense interest or zeal for something, which in your case would be your teaching.” ~Dr. Sonya Vierstraete, page 46.
“Ongoing research from the Search Institute (2014) has shown that ‘young people…need people in their lives who challenge growth, provide support, share power, and expand possibilities.’ Since many students spend more hours per day with their teachers than they do with parents/guardians or other adults, it becomes essential that teachers develop these types of positive relationships with their students.” ~Dr. Rhonda Bonnstetter, page 65.
“To make your best first impression, make sure to use your best professional language—in writing (no texting abbreviations!) and speaking (avoid the use of slang as much as possible). Make sure to make contact with your mentor teacher as soon as you receive your placement, and respond to any questions your mentor may have in a timely manner.” ~Dr. Rhonda Bonnstetter, page 84.
“Unexpected kindness can happen anytime, anywhere, in any workplace. My husband came home from his office one day (he is a software developer for insurance companies) and told me they had had a fire drill. When the workers all got outside, there were ice cream treats waiting for all of them. An unexpected act of kindness in the business world…got to love that. Educators, it’s time to take a stand and BE kindness. When our students witness us giving unexpected kindness to others, they, too, will want to pass it on.” ~Dr. Wendy Schoolmeester, page 108.
“We have power to change our schools by being a positive example. Let’s put an educational twist on John F. Kennedy’s famous quote: ‘Don’t ask what your school can do for you; ask what you can do for your school.’ What can we do? We can be a positive role model for all to witness. Let’s become a conductor and orchestrate school improvement by being a positive example for others. Let’s become a quarterback and throw a touchdown for school successes by being a positive role model. Let’s become a chandelier and illuminate brightly for children and lead by example.” ~Dr. Wendy Schoolmeester, page 123 – 124.
Meet the POWERFUL Authors:
Dr. Mary Risacher, Dr. Sonya Vierstraete, Dr. Rhonda Bonnstetter, & Dr. Wendy Schoolmeester