Jordan Collier

We’re All Teachers

In his book Dealing with Difficult Parents, Todd Whitaker writes, “It [using the broad term parents] reminds me of using the word teacher when I address cooks, custodians, secretaries, bus drivers, and the like when doing speaking engagements around the country. I always explain that if children and students see us working, then we are teachers.”

As a parent, I must constantly be aware of my kids watching me. Despite what I tell them to do, in the end they will do what I do, say what I say, and act how I act. Our students are no different. They are constantly watching us interact, listening to our tone of voice, and acting how we act. They may hear what we say, but they really learn by watching what we do.

If I want my kids to be readers, they need to see me read regularly.
If I want my kids to respect others, they need to hear me say, “Yes, m’am.”
If I want my kids to love the poor and those in need, they need to see me serving others.
If I want my kids to have a positive outlook on life, they need to see me smile all the time.
If I want my kids to have pleasant voice tones, they need to hear me say positive (and not sarcastic) comments.
If I want my kids to use good manners, they need to see me open the door for others.
If I want my kids to listen to good music, our family needs to listen to fun kid music or Christian music in the car.
If I want my kids to watch wholesome movies and TV shows, we need to watch appropriate shows together.
If I want my kids to limit screen time, they need to see me limit screen time.
If I want my kids to love others, they need to hear me say kind words to others and about others.
If I want my kids to love God’s creation, they need to see me pick up trash that’s not even mine.
If I want my kids to be hard workers, they need to see me go to work every day with a smile on face.
If I want my kids to value their careers, they need to hear me thank God for my job daily.
If I want my kids to love their spouses, they need to see me hug my wife often.
If I want my kids to value their church family, they need to see me valuing mine and spending time with them.
If I want my kids to value education, they need to hear me say how much I love school.
If I want my kids to be curious and risk failure, they need to see me be curious and they need to see me fail.
If I want my kids to be learners, we need to visit the museums, local libraries, and multi-cultural events in our area.

Our students are like our own kids. No matter what we tell them, they will learn simply by observing every single one of us every single day— even if the word teacher isn’t in our job description. Perhaps Paul had kids and students in mind and knew the influence we have on them in our everyday lives when he wrote, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as if working for the Lord” (Colossians 3:23).

Our students are watching— let’s teach them well.

Jordan Collier

Jordan Collier

Secondary Principal

Jordan Collier is the secondary principal at CAC. Prior to joining the CAC family in 2011, Jordan was an English teacher for the Cabot School District. Jordan is a two-time graduate of Harding University (’03 and ’08) and has a bachelor’s degree in English Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Each week, Jordan shares his Friday Thoughts with the CAC faculty and staff, and an excerpt of that is shared on The 'Stang.

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