One great quote I live by--as a teacher--is that "a good teacher tells, a great teacher shows, and an excellent teacher inspires." I love creating different class activities that my students can have fun while learning. I wan to inspire people, that's why I am teaching; I don't want to teach them what to think, but how to think.
We have a lot of fun in class. Often, some peeps would come up to me after class to tell me how much they enjoyed learning through the activities. This day, I heard a compliment so interesting that I had trouble responding to it right away.
We were talking about Social Media and its connectivity. I made a game that involved personalities, perceptions, and the usage of different types of social media. Everyone had a great time and the class was full of energy and laughter. After the activity was over, a sweet lady (one of the nicest you would ever meet) in the class turned around--her eyes were full of excitement--and asked me, "How did you come up with this idea? This is great!"
"I'm glad you enjoyed it! This idea just came to me right before the class, I thought it would tie in the lesson very well." It is always nice to hear positive feedbacks.
Her eyes opened even wider. "M," she put one hand on my arm. "You are so inspirational, just like President Obama!"
"... ... ..." I didn't know how or what to respond to her. My close friends and family members would tell you that I enjoy talking about politics even more so than the average American; its delicate, sensitive, yet cut-throat characteristics excite me. Think before you speak, I reminded myself. "...well, thank you?"
Inspirational and no need for teleprompter,