Posts Tagged ‘teaching’


I was watching the movie Freedom Writers last night… I hadn’t watched it in awhile and had a completely new perspective on it…


It is a source that completely reiterates the reason as to why I want to be a teacher.  The faculty within that movie didn’t believe in their students therefore the students did not believe in their own abilities which led to other people being able to corrupt those kids because they had no self worth or hope for a better future for themselves.


Miep Gies, the brave woman who helped shelter Anne Frank and her family during the Holocaust had a quote within the movie that was perfect:

“But even an ordinary secretary or a housewife or a teenager can, within their own small ways, turn on a small light in a dark room”
– Miep Gies…


It begins with one individual… that individual can turn on the light of change that may soon be felt by other individuals in the same situation all around the world.

It has happened before, who says that it cannot happen now?

As teachers we have the ability to plant the seed of hope within a child’s heart that builds the realization that they are worthwhile, loved, cared for and about, and that they have the ability to reach for the stars and achieve their innermost dreams.

As a teacher, if the only word of wisdom that a child walking out of my room leaves with is hope, then at least we have given them the one word that can open the door to endless possibilities. 

Being a teacher is about giving all children the abilities to succeed in the outside world to the utmost of their abilities; a hope for a better tomorrow.

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Challenge 14

Challenge 14: A picture of something you love…

Well in this case, it is SOMEONE I love 🙂

This is my grandpa, Floyd Duane Blankenship.  My hero, my role model, the voice of my conscience, and above all the one man besides my daddy that can put the biggest smile on my momma’s face.

My grandpa is above all an inspiration to me in so many ways.  He is strong. He has gone through colon cancer, recently finishing up his 12 chemo treatments about a couple months ago, he has survived the death of a son, kept the family farm running and prospering since he was a kid, and above all he has changed the lives of countless individuals within his 33 years as a teacher, principal, and superintendent.  This man has done it all, and given the time would love to share stories of every memory that he has of it all. He is the reason I want to be a teacher.  On him and my grandma’s 50th wedding anniversary, countless individuals came up to him and said “thank you. thank you for giving me a chance when nobody else would. for realizing my potential and not letting me give in to what everyone else thought of me. For you I have to thank for making something out of myself, because without you I would have this wonderful family I have now”.  Hearing statements like this put me to tears and will forever bring a tear to my eye.

This picture of my grandpa teddin the hay in July of 2010 is the look I often see on my grandpa’s face.  This look is calm, thoughtful, precise, and always thinking one step ahead. Ya see, my grandpa is always anticipating every motion and if something arises in his path he has already figured up a way to get through it. Grandpa is not the type to get extremely angry, yes I have seen him upset before, but most of the time he is the type of person that gives you the “I’m very disappointed in you” look that ultimately rips you to pieces without the need of words.

Thought my grandpa has not ultimately been himself lately because of not feeling well, I know that he will be ok.  He is a trooper, a fighter, and this whole cancer thing will not get the best of him.

I love my grandpa. Forever and Always.

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