If I Only Have a Hammer

December 19, 2011

Motivation, Teaching

If I Only Have a Hammer

“If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.”
-Abraham Harold Maslow

I have spent a lot of time in the classroom. First as a student and more recently as a teacher. A few years ago I think I might have said that the time that I have spent in a classroom had been a great preparation for life as a teacher. Sure, I would need a little formal training, but I was fairly close to being “ready”.

I don’t think I’d say that anymore. What I am learning everyday is my experiences in the classroom up until a few years ago had been very narrow. My classmates had been mostly white, upper-middle class, dedicated learners with supportive families. In some sense, it’s as if my class experience had given me Maslow’s proverbial hammer. Sure, I could go out there and start swinging it around, hitting everything as if it were a nail, but I’d certainly do more harm than good.

Every day, with every experience, I realize that there is so much more for me to learn – so many more tools that I need to master.

I can hardly wait.

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Passionate about Family, Health, Fitness, Nutrition and Multimedia - Teaching Video and Broadcasting and Del Oro High School in Loomis, CA

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