If Students Drafted Teachers, Would You Be a First Round Pick?

On NFL draft night I always ponder this: if students could draft their teachers, which teachers would be first round picks? And which ones would end up as unstaffed free agents?

Inevitably somebody asks if that’s a fair question. After all, could we really trust students to choose their teachers? Wouldn’t they choose teachers who gave easy A’s and no homework and simple assignments and showed movies and gave lots if free time?

Maybe some would.

But I know this. In a few weeks the Nordonia Schools will be holding its annual Superintendent Awards (started by a brilliant principal @caseygwright, not me). The Superintendents Awards are for the top graduating seniors of NHS. We have dinner with their parents and honor some great kids.

But the coolest part of the night is when each student talks about the school employee who made the biggest difference in their lives. Often it’s a teacher. Sometimes a coach or aide or custodian. 

And when the kids speak about why they chose their mist influential educator, I have never heard one of them say they chose them because they were easy. Or gave little homework. Or showed movies. 

Instead, the kids always talk about how their most influential educator inspired them. Challenged them to think and work harder. Encouraged them to reach for goals they never though possible. And always, always, treated them well. 

So if give the choice, would some kids choose to have poor teachers? Maybe.

But I trust that our kids overwhelmingly recognize the privilege of education and want to get as much out of their school years as possible. 

So if you are a teacher, there’s no need to work on your 40 yard dash time. But remember that kids are counting on you to be worthy of a number one draft pick. 

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5 thoughts on “If Students Drafted Teachers, Would You Be a First Round Pick?

  1. Sometimes a unique question allows us to view a major issue in a new way. This post does that. And it got me thinking about how we hire teachers. What if a candidate actually had to do a lesson for a class with real students? Again, not that students have the final say, because not every teacher connects with every students but what a better gauge of a teacher’s skill and art of teaching than interview questions about how would you motivate students. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I had a really awesome English teacher in high school. He was always thinking of great ways to get us engaged in learning. I was (in my eyes) a pretty good student. The thing I will always remember about my English class a contest he put on. Who is the most culturally literate? Well, thanks to my dad forcing us to watch the evening news, playing Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy on an almost nightly basis, I won that contest. Winning that contest was one of my favorite memories from high school. Thanks, Mr. Clark for giving me the push I needed to believe in myself more than I did. If you were still at Springfield when I graduated, you probably would have been a top contender for our Top 25 dinner.
    Congratulations on a successful school year!

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