Students Never Forget When a Teacher Says ‘Dream Big’

Not convinced? Watch these young adults share how their teachers encouraged them.
Feb 6, 2015·
TakePart fellow Jessica Dollin studied journalism at the University of Arizona. She has written for the Phoenix New Times and HerCampus.

At the end of the school year, when all the lesson plans and final exams are over, a teacher says a final goodbye to his or her students. But just because a certain grade level or subject is over, that doesn’t mean that the relationship between an educator and a kid is finished. Sometimes, a teacher’s advice manages to stay with a student for the long haul. And sometimes, that bit of encouragement to dream big is all child needs to spread his or her wings and fly.

Need a little proof? Just watch the successful young adults in this video, produced for our TEACH campaign, explain how their teachers provided plenty of encouragement, simplified difficult concepts, and took an interest in what made them individuals. As you can see, they all remember the names of those teachers and what they said that made such a difference.

Indeed, by paying attention to strengths and weaknesses, teachers have the ability to help turn their students into filmmakers, journalists, and even ornithologists. Whether teachers follow the self-directed model or work more conventionally, the students in the video show that a little encouragement goes a long way.

This article was created as part of the social action campaign for the documentary TEACH, produced by TakePart’s parent company, Participant Media, in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates.