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Teachers.Net Gazette Vol.6 No.6 June 2009

Cover Story by Graysen Walles
Teaching – The Power of Influence
The impact of teaching is clear, and the influence of the profession is immeasurable. All it takes is one moment, one situation, one discussion to turn the life of a young learner.

Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching
Nine Year Summary of Articles, 2000 to 2009
On April 26, 2009, President Obama hosted the four 2009 finalists for America’s top national teaching honor, the National Teacher of the Year award. Alex Kajitani, who teaches mathematics at Mission Middle School in the Escondido Union (Elementary) School District in San Diego County was one of the four finalists.

»The Three R’s for Summer— Rest, Relax and Recharge! Sue Gruber
»Buddy Programs for Elementary Schools Leah Davies
»Moving to September Todd R. Nelson
»Ronald Reagan and the Art of Influence Marvin Marshall
»The Busy Educator's Monthly Five Marjan Glavac
»Substitute issues: Bathroom Passes & Anger Management Barbara Pressman
»Preparing Students for Travel: Films and Immunizations Josette Bonafino
»A Message to Share with Parents about Summer Learning Dorothy Rich
»Classroom Clean-Up and Clay in a Can Rick Morris

»Schools and Filters: Ice Age, the Meltdown Matt Levinson
»Effort: It Can be Taught! Deborah Granger
»Homework: Damned if you do, and if you don’t Alan Haskvitz
»Parents Are Recruits, Teachers Are Responsible, Kids Are Victims, and Schools Are Culpable For At-Risk Problems Bill Page
»12 Ways to Stop Conflict in its Tracks! Susan Fitzell
»Using Photographs To Inspire Writing VIII Hank Kellner
»The Writing on the Wall Tim Newlin
»More Brain Teasers Steve Sherman
»Teacher of Facts - and of Life Rachelle Ann A. Abad
»Grant Writing Tips Kimberly McCloud
»Bald is Beautiful! Teachers, Students Lose Locks to Fight Childhood Cancer David Peter Marchesseault

»Apple Seeds: Inspiring Quotes Barb Stutesman
»Today Is... Daily Commemoration Ron Victoria
»The Lighter Side of Teaching
»Video Bytes; Literacy Empowers (Illiteracy Awareness), The Underground Railroad, Wikis in Plain English - CommonCraft tutorial, Twitter in Plain English – a CommonCraft tutorial, Naturally 7 music group on Tavis Smiley Show, Tour the International Space Station!
»Teacher Blogs Showcase
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Teaching – The Power of Influence
The impact of teaching is clear, and the influence of the profession is immeasurable. All it takes is one moment, one situation, one discussion to turn the life of a young learner.
by Graysen Walles
Author of TEACHING: The Greatest Career on the Planet
Continued from page 1
June 1, 2009

The Power of Influence

My mother soon attended college, not for herself immediately but to provide a better life for her child—me. During her time at Mott Community College in Flint, she struggled with academics and worked very hard to overcome her deficiencies. At some point, she felt as if she had made an unwise choice to attend college. But, during that tumultuous time, she was blessed to meet a female professor who believed in her. It was this professor’s belief in my mother that encouraged her to complete her studies at Mott and to later attend Michigan State University. The professor at Mott nurtured, inspired, and motivated my mother to think big—and she did! She went on to complete both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree at Michigan State University while raising a child.

A public school educator’s comments broke my mother’s spirit, while the inspiration and motivation of positive comments and affirmations from a college professor lifted and inspired my mother to go farther than she ever dreamed possible. The influence of both these figures is critical, as they demonstrate the experiences of multitudes of men and women in our society. Some teachers influence for the positive, just as others influence for the negative. In either case, far too many educators take for granted the weight of their influence and impact—words and actions are power; affirmation is power; encouragement is power. However, the lack of affirmation is also power, just as the lack of encouragement is also power. Educators must utilize their considerable powers to uplift young learners to their highest potential.

The teaching profession is amazingly influential, even if the powers of influence are not many times considered. It must be considered, though, and deliberately exercised to enhance the educational experience of young learners. Typically, influence is the last thing a teacher is thinking about when a student is sarcastic, violent, or defiant. Yet, the responsibility for teachers to remain in control and maintain their polish is imperative because young people are always watching to see what “the adult” will do in response to their immature behavior.

I am sure that all of you reading this article have either been inspired by or hurt by the comments or actions of an educator. That being the case, you also know negative feedback from teachers impacts individuals far more than feedback from most adults, simply because educators spend more time with kids than anyone else, including parents. Teachers are major figures in the lives of young people, and that is a fact.

The impact of teaching is clear, and the influence of the profession is immeasurable. All it takes is one moment, one situation, one discussion to turn the life of a young learner. So stay ever mindful of the impact your words and actions can carry. They will make a difference, as they did in my mother’s life.

Graysen Walles is an educator, speaker and author of the new release TEACHING: The Greatest Career on the Planet. He is married, with three sons and lives in Atlanta Georgia. Please visit him at or You can reach him directly at

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About Graysen Walles...

For the past 20 years, Graysen Walles has achieved notable accomplishments across a diverse industry spectrum, delivering stellar performance in the military, non-profit, and education segments. After honing his expertise in strategic planning, operations, budget management, program development, and personnel for the U.S. Air Force and two non-profit organizations, Graysen made a smooth professional transition to public education.

Initially cast in the role of Paraprofessional in a middle school, Graysen quickly advanced to a certified teaching position in the area of Special Education at the high school level. While in the role of classroom teacher, he developed curricula and led instruction in the disciplines of micro and macroeconomics, geography, and English language, creating learning frameworks that accommodated a range of learning styles for both mainstream and special education students.

While successfully managing his teaching responsibilities, Graysen took the lead in district- and school-wide improvement, fueling the critical relationship-building process with parents and members of the community to unite stakeholders in a common vision and goal and make progress towards building a cutting edge youth leadership program focused on higher performing students enrolled in under-resourced communities. The program, The Elite Scholars, actively engages over 350 students from all walks of life. The common goal of these students is to perform with excellence in the areas academics, service, faith and leadership.

Graysen achieved his doctoral degree from Fielding Graduate University; Master of Divinity at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and B.A. from Wayland Baptist University. He currently serves in the United States Air Force Reserves and works as a school administrator in Atlanta, GA. Graysen is married with three sons and they reside in Atlanta, GA.

He is the author of the soon to be released book, Teaching: The Greatest Career on the Planet (April 2009). Please visit him at; or Join the Movement.

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