Authenticity

12 thoughts on “Authenticity”

  1. You must be a wonderful teacher, Andie. You obviously love middle schoolers and I can imagine them responding to you — authenticity. What a great word, what a great way of being!
    Bravo!

  2. I like the tools you use to teach … Powerpoint, Youtube and music. It seems like those tools help keep you contemporary and relevant in front of a classroom of middle school students. It gives them something to connect with.

  3. Andie, I’m with you in finding this a great age to work with! Laughter, storytelling, and even quiet time (something hard to find in so many of the overbooked schedules) are some of the non-tech tools that can be used to effectively reach this age group.

  4. It’s funny how kids can instantly zoom in on those who lack authenticity. I think you’re right about them being able to smell insincerity 🙂 You must be an excellent teacher, Andie. You’ve written so beautifully here about middle-school aged children. My niece is very much like this picture you painted here – underneath the cool exterior is an innocent child. When she asks me questions I always try to answer her as honestly as possible. She’s a very sweet girl despite the eyerolls (lol)!

    1. Oh Mary, your niece sounds great and right where she should be! I get so tired of people who treat children (and teens) as if they don’t count. They have much to teach us!

  5. Love your blog, Andie and love that you value authenticity, one of my favorites along with spontaneity. How wonderful that as a teacher you see it and try to be it. How sad that we start to lose these qualities as we become adults. I just signed up and look forward to more of your insights. Thanks!

    1. Oh Mike, thanks so much and welcome! Yes, it’s really important to hold on to those qualities…wasn’t it someone who said, ‘unless we become like little children???’ 🙂

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