Tuesday, August 28, 2018

A shout out to teachers!

It is that time of year when all the kids are going back to school. And what a fitting time to give a shout out to all those hard working teachers out there who are doing their best to inspire our kids. They work so hard and invest so much of their time, all for mediocre pay. But what they do can change the future for their students. Heck, I was one of those kids. I had numerous teachers take me under their wings and create the spark that would change my future.

I went to an elementary school back in the 70s that actually had Super 8 video cameras in a lab, and let us students create our own films. I created a stop motion animated film about dolphins. It was simple, but I think back to that film often. My teacher, without even telling me, entered it into a nationwide contest and I won my own video camera. I will never forget Ms. Folz.

Over the last 8 years I have received many emails from teachers who like to use my blog as a teaching tool.  This ranges from high school students who are interested in learning photography, to elementary school kids who are learning about the world.

Our good friend, Andrea has her students read the blog every week, and I even video conferenced them from the Olympics in PyeongChang, Korea in February. I am not sure who was more excited, them seeing me at the Olympics, or me seeing the excitement on their faces. Andrea not only uses the blog to educate the kids about the Olympics, wildlife, foreign lands, and other worldly things, but she even uses it to teach math. When I posted the images of all the Canon equipment at the Olympics, she created an assignment to see if the kids could determine the value of all the lenses and cameras. (Being a teacher, she also isn't afraid to let me know of any typos I have in my blog posts. And that is much appreciated too.)

This week I received a bunch of photos from Laura (my sister-in-law) and her classroom in Sacramento where she is using images from my recent trip to Africa to teach the kids language arts.

I video conferenced with their class the other day and took questions from the students. They asked about many of the animals in Africa and were most interested in the hippos. 

Here is a photo of my wife and her twin sister in her sister's 6th grade classroom in San Diego (when they did their best to fool the kids with my wife going in and teaching the kids to see if they would know that it was not Michelle). Michelle loves sharing the blog with her students as well.

I have visited numerous high schools to present at their career days, done show-and-tells at elementary schools, and will be doing a keynote speech at a university in Washington in October. I feel so lucky to be able to share photos and stories from all over the world, and to know that maybe it is affecting others. 

If you are a teacher using the blog, or know someone who is, let me know about it. Maybe I can video conference with your / their class too. 

And don't forget to thank the teachers in your life.

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