We are midway through our first week of a new school year, at least for the kids. I’ve mentioned a few times that my husband is a high school teacher – he’s a band director. What that means is that two weeks before he is required to report for the new school year, he was spending 6-8 hours/day in band camp with 60 plus teenagers. Before that he spent the summer communicating with the folks working on his band’s competitive marching band show, ordering supplies, setting up schedules to make sure the right kid is in the right class, and so and so on.
Many of us have a teacher who inspired us but being married to a teacher has given me a new respect for any person who answer the call to teach. I used to think teachers “only” worked from 8 AM – 3 PM. Wrong. In fact, as I write this article, my husband is back up at school for a 3 1/2 hour long evening rehearsal. This weekend my husband, the football coaches and the cheerleading coach will spend most of their long Labor Day weekend with bus loads of teenagers at an out of town football game. I used to think teachers “only” worked 9 months out of the year. Wrong, again. During the summer my husband takes continuing education classes, workshops, is in constant communication with staff and students and plans for the upcoming school year. I have so much respect for the men and women who commit so much time and energy to our kids!
I was really excited when the makers of TEACH, a new education focused documentary, asked to sponsor a post about the new movie. I’m really hoping this movie lets Americans see how hard working and dedicated our teachers are.
TEACH, Academy Award-winning director Davis Guggenheim’s third documentary film about education in America asks the question: What Does It Take to Be A Great Teacher Today?
Following four dedicated teachers from different schools across the country over the course of one school year, TEACH gives viewers a window into the challenges, demands and rewards of teaching, with the purpose of elevating and promoting the profession, as well as engaging new teachers and supporting current teachers. We see that for the best teachers, it’s not just a job but a mission.
As intense as it is emotional, this year in the life of four public-school teachers illustrates how tenacity, passion and a belief in innovation drive these educators as they navigate the daily ups and downs of the 2012-2013 school year. These educators use conventional and unconventional methods and do whatever it takes to overcome obstacles and strive for success.
A two hour special television event presented by Participant Media, “TEACH” is set to debut on the CBS Television Network on September 6th at 8:00 pm ET/PT.
“TEACH” will also air on the new network, Pivot on September 14th at 8:00 pm ET/PTThis article may contain affiliate links.