A Teacher’s Impact

He picked up his video game remote the other day, and it was conspicuously light. He realized right away the batteries were missing. Previously, he would have hunted down his brother and accused him of taking them.

Instead, he asked his brother, who responded that he had not; Sam found out that his mom had taken them during the day to use in her portable CD player (yes she still carries one).

He asked if she was done using them and if he could have them back. She thanked him, returned them and he went on to play his game.

I was stunned. Cool, calm, deliberate and all this at 15? Incredible.

3. He now applies an economy with his words.

Sam was known to prattle on and on when telling a story. His revised manner is much more deliberate, paced and enjoyable to listen to. His stories have a beginning and an end.

I find he slips in and out of adult conversations much better, as he only speaks when he has something to contribute as opposed to the younger man’s habitual intrusion of interrupting whenever a fresh thought pops to mind.

So I look back at that August evening nine months ago when we were being told this teacher would be shaping our son’s mind. My son is now more thoughtful about the things he says, he is deliberate in his judgment, and he has a great economy with words.

Part of that is simply because he’s growing up. Some of it is because I’d like to think we pose as good examples at home. But the lion’s share, at least this year, was derived from a teacher who chose to do more than pass out books, grade tests and review chapters.

As we wrap up another school year on this fine June day, I thank all the teachers for all they do, all they tolerate, all they fill in for, and all they are willing to endure to shape young minds and the future of America.

What a great thing to do, huh?

Ron Ciancutti is the Purchasing Manager for Cleveland Metroparks. He is not on Facebook, but he can be reached at rdc@clevelandmetroparks.com.





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3 comments on “A Teacher’s Impact

  1. Laura T on said:

    I have always enjoyed your writings. You have a knack of pondering over the everyday occurrences in life and finding the gems of knowledge within. Sounds like Sam is following closely in your footsteps!

  2. Bob VandenBoom on said:

    Great article at a great time of year.
    Teachers have an amazing impact on our children and at a time in our country when public education is suffering – it is great to see that teachers continue to be highly successful in reaching kids despite the troubles…

  3. Gloria De La Cruz-Sandoval on said:

    Impacting lives – no greater joy than reading this blog today. It reminds me of the opportunities before us each and every moment of our lives if we’ll just take the time to stop, think and listen more. Sort of non-traditional thing to do in this fast-paced world of ours. Thanks for sharing!

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