“How to tell if a teacher actually knows what she is talking about,” the title of a recent episode of the PBS show “Teachers,” asks.
The show, which aired on February 4, 2017, asked educators to share their thoughts on the current state of teaching.
And while the show does not ask the question, one teacher in the episode offered up a compelling example of how it’s possible to be an effective teacher without being a good teacher.
The teacher, Dr. Emily M. Brown, explained that she, too, has a personal passion for teaching.
“It’s not just teaching; it’s really teaching people,” Brown told the host of the show, Rachel Martin.
“And I just want to give them something to believe in.”
Brown’s example is perhaps the most compelling of a handful of teachers we interviewed.
A former high school teacher who now works as a teacher educator in Washington, D.C., Brown said that while she’s been a teacher for over 20 years, her career began when she was a teenager in New York City.
She said she took the “I do what I do” approach to teaching.
She began by creating her own lesson plans, using them to help students learn, then added “and then, of course, that is a great lesson to share with them,” Brown said.
But, she added, she wanted to help others as well.
So, she started a blog, teachingwithteach, to share lessons with other teachers.
“I have a great sense of how to teach and what to say,” Brown explained.
She explained that while many of her lessons are short, she has found that the most effective way to communicate to students is with her “voice and my words.”
Brown, who has been teaching since she was 16, said that in the classroom, the key is to “show the students that you’re a good person.”
“I really believe in the importance of people, and the ability of teachers to help people,” she said.
She added that she’s worked in several different schools and said that teachers should not be ashamed of who they are.
“Teaching is a really personal thing for me,” Brown added.
“People have different experiences in different situations.
So when we talk about someone like me, we’re talking about a different person than someone who’s a teacher.
I don’t have a specific teacher role model, and I have no particular reason to think that I’m a good one.
But I think that my job is to help the students to have that experience and to understand that it’s not about being a teacher, but about being an awesome person.”
She continued: “So my job as a teaching teacher is to be someone who is not just a good example to the students, but a good storyteller.”
But, as a high schooler, Brown was not always so lucky.
“When I first started teaching in New Jersey, I was a pretty low-income student,” she told The Washington Post.
“My parents had no money and they had no jobs.
I had to take care of myself and I had no friends.
And I had the privilege of being a female, and a female teacher.”
Brown said she had no idea what it was like to be a “poor, black female teacher” and that she felt “disrespected and not wanted.”
But she said she came to realize that being a woman “was not necessarily a bad thing.”
She added, “I learned to be more aware of how I was perceived as a person and I learned to appreciate that people think of me as a woman, and that it doesn’t necessarily matter how I’m perceived.
It matters how I act.
And so that is really my strength.”
The lesson, she said, was that “when you’re struggling with being a person, you don’t really know what it is that’s wrong with you.
You don’t know what’s wrong in you, and you don