Friday, April 23, 2010

3 A DAY

Do you remember a really great teacher that you had in school...or one that your kids had? I raised three kids and they had a lot of teachers. Some of them were good, and some were not so good. Some were really good and some were really bad. Out of all of those teachers, there was one that stands above the rest. He was a junior high social studies teacher that was just so creative, that the kids loved him. He didn't just teach from a book, but he came up with the most ingenious ways to help his kids learn....not just social studies, but life lessons.

I am thinking that my son Matt is going to be one of "those" teachers. Of course I am a bit prejudice. I am his mom after all....but darn....he does some cool stuff! Matt teaches 3rd grade out in Telluride, Colorado. He has already done a couple of really fantastic projects with his kids. Yesterday he e-mailed me and later called me to tell me about a new project his kids are working on. It's called 3 A DAY. The idea is that each child will pick up three pieces of litter every day. Matt used the blackboard to make it into a math lesson. If we each pick up 3 pieces a day, how many will we have in a week? A month? A year?

Then the kids got going......What if we got our friends to do it? What if we got other people to do it? How much would it be then? What if we got it on the radio and the TV and we got a thousand people to pick up 3 pieces of trash every day....what would it be then? When they got over a million pieces of trash their eyes really lit up!

So, that is what they are doing! Their local newspaper already contacted Matt to do an interview thanks to one of his students with connections. :)

If you are on Facebook and would like to join the fun....just search for 3 A DAY. The kids would love your support. If you can pass their group on to all of your friends....that would be awesome too. I would love to see this turn into something big for this great group of kids and their wonderful teacher!



13 comments:

Mary said...

that's awesome!

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Teresa Evangeline said...

How wonderful! Your son sounds like the kind of teacher all children should have. A teacher can make a huge difference in a child's life.

Lori said...

What a cool thing! Your son rocks and, I'm thinking, IS one of those teachers. Will look for it on facebook. Have a great weekend.

Joan said...

That is fantastic! I am going to find it on Facebook and take Matt's idea to my classroom. Have a great day!

Oklahoma Granny said...

How cool is that! And you are right - Matt is going to be one of those kinds of teachers that kids will remember all their lives. What an impact he's having on so many lives. Congrats on raising such a special son.

DUTA said...

It looks your son is quite a young man and quite a teacher! Lucky mother and lucky pupils.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

That is awesome! my older sister was a German teacher for 25 years and was one of "those" teachers as well. When she died, she had so many people at her funeral that it was literally standing room only. She taught long enough that she had kids of former students in her classes and both generations attended her funeral. She was awesome. (If interested, I've posted a tribute to her; look for a June 8th post)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

How inspiring! The best teachers think outside the box and integrate lessons with application. YAY for him!

gayle said...

Sounds like a great idea!! Will do!!

Blissed-Out Grandma said...

Good for him! It's great that he is imaginative and that the kids are picking up on it as well.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I'm not on Facebook but this is awesome! YOu son sounds like a fabulous teacher that will have a huge impact on so many kids!

Happy weekend,
jj

Tins and Treasures said...

What a great idea. I'm going to head over there now...see if I can figure out how to sign up.

Wouldn't it be fun if I could get some of our high school kids in on this...we do have an environmental club at our school.

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