What Advice Would You GIve to Your Students

When Jahana Hayes, a history teacher at John. F. Kennedy High School in Waterbury, Connecticut, received the Teacher of the Year award from President Obama, everyone was reminded of the critical role these professionals play in a society. Hayes, in her speech, shed light on the issue of retaining and supporting teachers and also emphasized the importance of paying it forward.

Teachers are tasked with the shaping of young minds. They help their students, not only with their coursework, but also with their lives. This is why many leaders pay tribute to their teachers who inspired them to be who they are today.

Here are a few teachers with nuggets of wisdom that may help you succeed in life

Not Popular in High School? Don’t Worry, It’s Not the End of the World

Sarah Tippet is an educator, teacher and a mom. She is the editor of the largest volunteer driven homeschooling resource HomeSchool Base and teaches English, History and Literature in North Carolina. This is what she wants all students to know,

While plenty of students have responsibilities, they pale in comparison to the responsibilities you will experience for the rest of your life. This is the only opportunity you will have to take full advantage of just learning. Many, many adults would give anything to be in your shoes, as a student. So try not to get caught up in things that won't matter in a few years, like high school popularity. Be as respectful as you can to teachers and guidance counselors, because they are the ones who can help your future progress.

Truer words were never spoken.

Don’t Be Afraid to Make Mistakes

Dr. Matthew Beyranevand is a school district math coordinator in Chelmsford, Massachusetts. In addition to teaching he maintains a video blog where he teaches how to have fun with math problems through music videos. This is what he has to say,

Not everyone gets it right the first time. It’s like riding a bike or playing baseball. To learn you have to employ a trial and error method. Those who claim they’ve never failed at anything, in reality, haven’t really tried. If you face a problem, try solving it. If you fail, don’t be discouraged, give it another shot. The difference between success and failure is simple, successful people learn more from their failures than from their successes.

Put in the Hours

Lina Kumon is a former elementary teacher and currently the Center Director for the Kumon Center of Anaheim Hills – Weir Canyon. She’s also an instructor at the Kumon Math and Reading Center in California. Her expertise lie in math and reading and for students who have trouble in this area, she has a very simple advice,

Kumon says that practicing math and reading is just as important as practicing sports or a
musical instrument. Do you want to excel in multiplication? Recite your times tables every day and see what you can achieve with the power of practice!

Right after presenting Jahana Hayes with the Teacher of the Year award, President Obama shared a throwback picture on Twitter. It was a picture of him in 5th grade with his class and his teacher Ms. Maybel Hefty with a caption thanking all the teachers who inspire the future every single day. This shows how important teachers are and if it weren’t for these professionals, there wouldn’t be any Obamas or Hayes for that matter.


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