Human Connection

Posted: June 21, 2013 in Thought Fulls., Uncategorized

So my new job has me in the District Office and it is relatively more quiet over the summer. One of the goals I have set for myself is to reflect and blog more often.

This past year has been a year of change for the Darche Household, new house, new job, thankfully no new pets, so what better time to reflect.

Throughout my teaching career I have been blessed with the opportunity to make a connection with so many people but one gentleman whom I worked with for short time, the connection I had with him made an impression. Good ole Mr. Kruse.

At Mr. Kruse’s school when you wanted to meet with someone you “set a meeting” and tried to squeeze connecting, exchanging, collaboration and general niceties into that lil meeting. So I “set a meeting” with many teachers but Mr. Kruse was one of the last ones, I can’t say why really, but he was none the less. (And of course as he reads this he is most likely saying ‘well you saved the best for last Darche’ )

Time for our meeting came and there was Mr. Kruse longer hair, funny tie and wearing a college polo of a college he did not attend, needless to say I did not know what to expect.

When we talked the first thing we did was exchange the stories. First he told me his.. his history both in school and out of school and how he came to teach. Then he did something particularly memorable he said “Now tell me yours” and he never looked at the clock once.

To this day I don’t think I have had a better first meeting. Mr. Kruse connected with me on a level deeper than just exchanging ideas.  He worked to connect with me. And that connection has stuck cause I miss him. Now and again when I see him, he gives me a hug and the connection immediately feels fresh and tended to.

Making that connection is one of the things I have brought to my new place of innovation. It is this sense of connection that I can make with teachers and in turn the teachers will make with their students, parents and colleagues.

In a great TED Talk given by a very wise lady, Rita Pierson discusses the value and importance of human connection. She states “kids dont learn from people they don’t like” and I know Mr. Kruse’s kids learn from him cause he works to make the connection and his students like him as much as I do.

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