“This Day in History…”: Great Ideas in Education

May 2020

May 2020 marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Mentors, Masters, and Mrs. MacGregor: Stories of Teachers Making a Difference by 2012 AATC Annual Conference keynote speaker Dr. Jane Bluestein. Dr. Bluestein weaves an inspirational tapestry of stories told by students of all ages and backgrounds, including some from famous individuals, about the significant impacts of teachers.

Dr. Bluestein remembers the special people that serve to help better all people. In the presented collection of stories, Dr. Bluestein highlights the life-changing impacts of teachers that range from impacting how students view themselves, their individuality, and their uniqueness to helping students see their potential to learn and achieve in the classroom and beyond. The accounts show that teachers can help students to both dream and attain those dreams.

As we consider the work of Dr. Bluestein, we may remember the immeasurable influence of one or more of our own teachers or mentors. We may also reflect on the types of teachers or mentors we want to be for our students. The following questions may help us to further our work. In the spirit of encouraging dialogue, a foundational component of AATC’s identity, we encourage you to share your thoughts and engage in discourse in the comments section:

  • Do you have a story about a special teacher or mentor to share?
  • What roles have teachers played in your life? How have these roles influenced your work in curriculum and instruction?
  • How can we improve curriculum and instruction to positively impact all students?

Written by Dr. Corey Nagle

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