After Dean Callahan's presentation on Preparing Young Journalists for Success, I have reconsidered my focus as a journalism instructor. Next year will be my first year teaching any form of journalism and we are starting a newspaper at the school, so my anxiety has been centered on how to create this fabulous newspaper. Now, I realize that my role is more about exposing students to the process and creating a learning environment that fosters an interest in the field of journalism. How refreshing to be reminded that our value as teachers is not only determined by how well our students perform on the assessment -- we are to excite, inspire, and ignite a passion for something.
Metro Tech High School