“I was asked to teach a reading and writing class for students who were below level. I had never been trained in teaching reading and the class had no curriculum, so I had to be creative. One way I was creative was the opening routine of the class. We started each morning with an opener – an interesting question – that we discussed and wrote about.”
One day, Robin had to finish up some important work with another teacher. Upon arriving 10 minutes late to class, she noticed:
I followed up with Robin about her story to ask how she managed to foster a loving classroom environment.
After teaching for 40 years, Robin’s skilled in understanding and caring for her students, even when it’s difficult. She shared a story with me about a senior English class she taught one year.
On the walls of Robin’s classroom, she proudly displayed a rainbow flag with a quote from a sonnet by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It said, “love is love is love is love.”