Today’s discover prompt is Teach.
From my earlier post – Join Our Discover Daily Prompts in April! — The Daily Post which has more details on the discover prompts. A search showed today’s prompt is Teach.
I saw this several hours ago, but it took a while to find the link to the original post.
Over the years, I had various favorite teachers as well as least favorite ones. I chose Mr. Daniels, my 8th Grade Social Studies teacher as my overall favorite. He taught at West Junior High in Gulfport, Mississippi.
He made learning history fun. Each 9 weeks, he chose 4 teams with 2 team captains/team. He shuffled around the teams so that by the end of the school year, you had been on teams with all students in class. He developed a system to rotate students. There may have been some duplicate team members by the end, due to being students being a number not divisible by 4.
He offered lots of extra credit if you did certain things history related. It was optional, but I took advantage of most of them. Each week, I did a famous quote; I had to research as this was long before you could use the Internet. I tried to choose someone from next week’s lessons to quote.
At the end of the school year, Mr. Daniels awarded me about 8 history awards during the School’s annual recognition ceremony. He realized my leadership potential long before I did. In the last 9 week period, I was picked as one of the team captains. A big surprise to me. I don’t remember my Co-captain’s name, but he let me take the lead as I was good at organizing things.
We won the team competition, basically bragging rights which were meaningless by that point in the school year.
From a personal perspective, it boosted my confidence. As someone who was treated differently by classmates – thick Coke-bottle lens, a nerd, and a general outcast due to not being part of the in-crowd, it was hard.