Years in Education: 20+
High School Physics, Ethics and Critical Thinking Teacher
Q: What do you have in common with your students?
A: I am on a journey of a lifetime, a quest for meaning, and the pursuit of happiness just like you.
I have a comfort zone and it takes deliberate energy for me to step outside it.
Unfamiliar situations can be awkward for me too, but if I don’t overthink it, they can turn into these wonderful new experiences.
I want to do a really good job on the work that I give you.
I want the time we spent together in class to be valuable, interesting, and meaningful. I worry that I am not measuring up to what you and other people think of me.
I don’t want to let you down.
After all these years in school, sometimes it feels like I’m still figuring things out.
I make mistakes. Everyday. But they do not define who I am.
I want to learn what you have to teach me and I want to see us be successful and achieve great things together. I care what other people think even when I say I don’t.
I want to be liked... especially by you.
Q: Does it matter that students and teachers have things in common?
A: Yes, it matters because we are naturally biased towards people with common experiences and if we see each other as individuals who share experiences it goes a long way toward building a relationship that makes it easier to achieve things for our common good.
Timothy is a TED-Ed Innovative Educator. His Innovation Project is empowering students to see themselves as heroes in projects that teach STEM through interactive storytelling. Connect with him on Twitter @coolyrd and watch his magical TEDx talk here.
Humanizing the gaps separating teachers and students.