- 18 people (64% of the 28 votes cast) classify themselves as a sports fan who also collects cards.
- 5 people (17%) are card collectors first and sports fans second.
- 3 people (10%) are somewhere in between.
- 2 people (7%) are none of the above.
This poll is very simple.
ARE YOU A TEACHER?
I ask this question because it seems to me that there are quite a few people in the card-blogging community who are teachers. And one more person was recently added to the teaching ranks: me.
Today I began my second era as an elementary teacher. It's what I went to college to be and I spent three years as a 4th grade teacher before my wife and I moved to Omaha so she could attend law school. I decided to take a break from teaching while in Omaha and now that we are back in Colorado, I thought I'd try my hand at it again. Last week I was offered a position as a 3rd grade teacher and I couldn't be happier.
Today I attended a training seminar by the Flippen Group about how to transform our school district's atmosphere and culture into one that empowers students to become high performers. This particular training session was aimed at the district's sports coaches, but I was invited to attend so that I could become familiar with the Flippen Group's terminology and techniques. Much of what they spoke about will easily translate into the classroom, so I came away very motivated and informed.
The reason I bring it up here is because one of the co-presenters was NFLer Colt McCoy's father Brad McCoy and he was a very talented speaker. He was full of wisdom and insight about how to be a successful coach and teacher.
He has also recently published a book that I'll probably track down in the near future.
If you ever have the opportunity to attend a Brad McCoy speech, I highly recommend you do so as you'll come away inspired and motivated whether or not you are a teacher.
Anyway, feel free to take the above poll and if you are in fact a teacher, let me know what grade/subject you teach and how long you've been in the proverbial trenches in the comment section. I'd also love to know if and how you integrate your hobby into your classroom as I'd eventually like to do so in mine.