Jeffery was talented in ways he had yet to discover – he was a maker. Jeffery gravitated to the Raspberry Pi I had set up, always sneaking over to it when he should be working. On top of this, he was always tinkering.
One day, Jeffery shared with me his new creation – a portable movie player made from a computer screen. This was my opportunity to connect with Jeffery – build that positive relationship.
Jeffery’s journey became ours. As he got stuck, I would try to help. But, then I couldn’t. So I called a colleague, @JackieGroat; she brought up our problem to her kids, which helped Jeffery not only continue, but also see the power in connecting and collaborating.
Then, I proposed the student maker faire @TelusSpark. With support from mom, and lots of arm-twisting, Jeffery went and thrived that night. His confidence emerged, as he realized he did have talent and could succeed.
For me, I learnt I accomplished something magical –by putting Jeffery first, I had made a lifelong impact. This is why I continue to teach.
@Amber_Hartwell is a wife, mother and teacher above everything else. She works in GPE @UCalgaryEduc and is finishing her last days @yycCBEdu. You can find her at #sd23learns in the fall. She blogs at https://amberhartwell.wordpress.com to share her evolving journey with others.
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