This chapter in The Connected Educator discusses a few different stories about sustaining the momentum. There is one teacher named Courtney who shares her experience in the book. She talks about how she learns from her students in the classroom almost everyday. She got to work with ELL seniors and learned a lot from them as they prepared for college. Their main focus was college-bound. They held different events throughout the school year and did some community service so they would be seen in their college applications. She helped them look at the financial aid option if that would he helpful for her students and their families. She watched her students work tremendously hard in and out of the classroom.
Unfortunately, her and her students came to realize that a member of the class was diagnosed with kidney failure. The students worked together and set up jars to raise money throughout the school and community. The ill student could not afford a huge surgery like that so the classmates stepped in and tried whatever they could do to help. They were all in the moment and worked together which made Courtney overwhelmingly proud as a teacher and a human being.
Back in high school, one of my best friends Mikey was diagnosed with a one in a million disease called HLH (Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis). It is a life-threatening disease which unfortunately took my best friends life at the age of 18. He was so well-known around my school and community. No one ever had a bad thing to say about him. When people found out he was seriously ill, my friends and I who were the closest with him sold shirts that said "Team Mikey" with drums on them because he played the drums. We sold them for $10 a shirt and tried to raise money to help his family out. After only 2 weeks of being ill, he passed away.
We took all that money and put it towards research for the disease and then held a fund raiser for the cause. We ended up making a bunch of money and put it towards research since it is not a well-known disease.
When I am a teacher, I hope to get my students to come together and work together within the classroom an community. I want to be a teacher like Courtney and live in the moment with my students by making little differences in the world. I can relate this chapter to my major (psychology with education concentration) because it helps form a bond between the teacher and her students. It also forms a bond between the classmates.