Hope for the Future

Image of the C3 Concept TriangleI recently had the opportunity to be the guest lecturer at a local university. The audience was pre-service teachers (pre-kindergarten through 12th grade) who were in their final semester prior to student teaching. Wow, how many of us can remember how that time in our lives felt! It was a combination of excitement and terror, anxiety and confidence, with a bit of confusion thrown in for good measure. I remember the big question in my mind when I was at that point in time was, “Will I be able to do this?”

We talked about the importance of creating an environment where students can learn—one free from fear, distraction, and other things that detract from the ability to take in all of the new information they will be required to learn. We talked about how to help students achieve mastery and what that really means.

As we worked through several of these issues together I was impressed by these young pre-service educators. They were not only prepared in their subject area (they were competent) but they also had a deep, abiding concern for their future students and their well-being (they had character). Competence + Character = Consistency. They are already one step ahead in becoming great teachers as they possess the building blocks necessary to be a consistently excellent educator.

We will talk more about competence + character = consistency in upcoming blog entries as it can be the key to reaching students and helping them to achieve true mastery. But for now I just want to leave you with this thought from Nelson Mandela, South African Statesman who helped end apartheid in that country, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

I believe this group of young pre-service teachers will change the world.

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