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New Movie: Heart of a Teacher

by Matt on December 8, 2009

We are proud to present our newest movie, The Heart of a Teacher by Paula Fox. We took a heartwarming poem by Paula (below) and put it to images that I think many of us remember from our childhood. Here is the video, and below is the poem:

The child arrives like a mystery box…
with puzzle pieces inside
some of the pieces are broken or missing…
and others just seem to hide

But the HEART of a teacher can sort them out…
and help the child to see
the potential for greatness he has within…
a picture of what he can be

Her goal isn’t just to teach knowledge…
by filling the box with more parts
it’s putting the pieces together…
and creating a work of art

The process is painfully slow at times…
some need more help than others
each child is a work in progress…
with assorted shapes and colors

First she creates a classroom…
where the child can feel safe in school
where he never feels threatened or afraid to try…
and kindness is always the rule

She knows that a child
can achieve much more
when he feels secure inside
when he’s valued and loved…
and believes in himself

…and he has a sense of pride

She models and teaches good character…
and respect for one another
how to focus on strengths…not weaknesses
and how to encourage each other

She gives the child the freedom he needs…
to make choices on his own
so he learns to become more responsible…
and is able to stand alone

He’s taught to be strong and think for himself…
as his soul and spirit heal
and the puzzle that’s taking shape inside…
has a much more positive feel

The child discovers the joy that comes…
from learning something new…
and his vision grows as he begins
to see all the things that he can do

A picture is formed as more pieces fit…
an image of the child within
with greater strength and confidence…
and a belief that he can win!

All because a hero was there…
in the HEART of a teacher who cared
enabling the child to become much more…
than he ever imagined…or dared

A teacher with a HEART for her children…
knows what teaching is all about
she may not have all the answers…
but on this…she has no doubt

When asked which subjects she loved to teach,
she answered this way and smiled…
“It’s not the subjects that matter…
It’s all about teaching the CHILD.”

I remember my 7th grade social studies teacher, Mrs. Oppenborn, and the valuable life lesson she taught me one day. One day after Halloween, Mrs. Oppenborn brought in candy for my class. We all rushed up to take it, and then were on to the next activity. Mrs. Oppenborn stopped us with the following observation, “I noticed that none of you said ‘thank you’ when you took the candy.” She went on to say, “You’re probably not going to hear many people tell you this, but remember to say ‘thank you’ when you receive something you didn’t ask for. I didn’t have to bring in candy for you all, and you didn’t have to say anything. But, I did, so you should consider showing your gratitude.”

That profound statement planted a seed of gratitude in me and made me realize how blessed I am to to receive gifts I did not deserve. How have teachers made an impact in your life? How do you plan on living out their lessons?

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Susan Gorby December 9, 2009 at 6:47 pm

This is such a refreshing message and the background music is wonderful with it. I just bought “Finding Joy” and that’s my favorite so far.


alice hammond December 9, 2009 at 9:34 pm

As a teacher and author I agree the greatest and most rewarding occupation on earth is being a teacher and seeing the lights come on when a student suddenly grasps a concept you have been presenting. All the while encouraging the student to be all they can be with no limits except the ones they put upon themselves. Alice Hammond author of Living Beyond Present Circumstances.


murtaza February 28, 2010 at 4:33 am

refreshing and gives joy.


Kenney Yale May 4, 2010 at 7:18 pm

I viewed this video and I will probably watch it daily to remind me that students need the compassion we give them in the beginning of the year, all year. Not every student is a “model” student but they have that potential and it is MY responsibility to help them achieve their potential.


Matt May 5, 2010 at 7:37 am

Thanks for sharing all of your comments! Kenney, are you a teacher? I hope you felt appreciated yesterday!


Helen Bullock August 16, 2010 at 10:35 am

As a retired teacher of 40 years of teaching, I would like to print this poem with your permission , crediting the author, in my family newsletter for this month. …. The poem expresses my feelings to a “T” and I only wish that I were back in the classroom but at 83 yrs. old I will have to wait for God to give me a classroom in Heaven.


Phoebe Jayne Melchor October 30, 2010 at 1:16 am

teachers are the best . :D . like my mom . :) )


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