TEACHING FOR ETERNITY

Notes for the Workshop
Purpose: to inspire the teachers of American English Overseas Center so they in turn can
inspire their students.  
¿What do you expect from this workshop?  
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Teacher:
Your job is important because it makes a difference for eternity!
¿How?
1. ¡Be passionate!  
“Sometimes I say to myself, “I will forget about him. I will not speak anymore in his name.” But
when I say that, his message is like a fire burning inside me! It feels like it is burning deep in my
bones! I get tired of trying to hold his message inside. And finally, I am not able to hold it in. ”
• Passion for your message creates energy and credibility .  
• Passion for your students creates connection .
• Passion for your personal growth creates effectiveness.
2. ¡Celebrate mistakes!
“Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten. Then when you
hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with dry, uninspiring books on algebra,
history, etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the “creative bug” is just a wee voice telling you,
• Create a culture where error is expected!
• Create a culture where risk-taking is praised!
Class discussion:  TED talk by Rita Pierson: Every kid needs a champion. ¿What elements
discussed in this workshop can you identify in this video?
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What footprints do I want to leave? 
What am I going to commit to as a result of this workshop?
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Recommended resources:
1.  Movie “In Front of the Class”.   (¡If anything, I learned that I must never let my defects or
limitations determine my potential!)
• Short clip: In Front of the Class (15 min)
• Movie: In Front of the Class (98 min)
2. Making Classrooms Better – 50 Practical Applications of Mind, Brain, and Education
Science, Tracey Tokuhama- Espinosa, PhD, (2014)
3. Teach Like a Champion: 49 Techniques that Put Students on the Path to College (K-12),
Doug Lemov.
4. Free downloadable resource: A Culture of Error , by Doug Lemov, Author of Teach Like a
Champion.