How to be successful without even trying.

For some reason when I was going into high school I was told there was an experimental math class where ‘bright’ students were going to be experimented on. Like lab rats.

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Develop a love for learning. ♡

If we can all agree that we got here now today thanks to the support of friends and loved ones I think we can also agree that it is also thanks to people who have motivated us.

One of my favorite teachers whom I’m grateful to is a man named Mr. Phil McGreevy. For some reason when I was going into high school I was told there was an experimental math class where ‘bright’ students were going to be experimented on. Like little hamsters. I still consider myself to be lucky that I was chosen to be in this class because the 24 of us had the honor of having the same students with the same teachers for the four years of high school.

Consistency, Relevancy and Going the Extra Mile.

Mr. McGreevy was a great teacher for so many reasons but mostly because he took the time to slowly explain everything from the start to the end. I always felt I could ask him at any time any question with out him getting angry. I loved the way he wrote on the blackboard because he had nice writing. He was consistent because he did things like draw squares around the answers. He also seemed to choose relevant homework.

Even though I had him for four years I remember one day when he asked who was interested in getting straight As – he was offering a Saturday workshop. Like most of my students they’d LOVE to have straight As but for various reasons their grades are all over the board. Most of them do follow what Mr. McGreevy called the Bell curve where he demonstrated that most students lie somewhere in the middle. I always wanted to be one of the students with the As. Maybe if I just did that little bit extra it would pay off.

Pay attention ~ here’s the key.

I attended his class and after doing various exercises and reading he got to the point of the argument. He said,

If

If

If

If you want to get straight As then all you have to do is develop a love for learning.

I was shocked. I was little bit disappointed because I thought he was going to give me the answers to that Friday’s test. I had to love learning?

Who loves learning? We only went to school because we had to. Love learning. That was the key. He was right. I don’t care how many times my mother could tell me about the starving children in Africa who didn’t have shoes or school it still didn’t make me want to study.

I don’t actually remember doing homework although I do remember it was assigned. I’m pretty certain I did it either during another class or before the class started. I’ll have to check with my classmates on that one.

I do agree that the key to learning is to develop a love for learning. I since have gone on to become a teacher. I found something even more important and that is the love of teaching. I truly love being infront of the kids and seeing them smile. I feel like it is an enormous privilege and honor to have this responsibility. I try to do my best with it.

One day I’m going to retire from teaching and just be an American living in Italy with her family and garden. God willing. In the mean time, I’m going to love learning.

Author: Julie

Blogger. You can find her at @jbuliesblog on twitter.

4 thoughts on “How to be successful without even trying.”

  1. I have to agree with Mr. McGreevy on developing a love for learning. It’s true.

    When I was in school – too long ago – I did well, but I was not a fantastic student. I did what I had to do, I passed, and in the classes I really loved, I excelled. English was a class that always came easy for me because I loved reading. Loved it then, and still love it now. It was easy to be a straight A student in English class. So little effort was involved for me.

    But here is what I learned only just recently. When you become “older”, you have an appreciation for learning you may not have had when you were younger. I had to take a class last year for 6 weeks for my job. It was the first time I had entered a classroom in over twenty years. I was kind of dreading it. Truth was, I ended up loving it. Sitting through a class was no longer the chore it seemed to be in my youth. Now I was sitting in a class with similar people, appreciating what was being taught to me and absorbing it like a sponge.

    You know the saying, “Youth is wasted on the young”? It was never for true to me than at that moment.

    Another great post!

    Pam

  2. As a rural doc, I was sort of the ‘Family Dollar Store’ of medicine. I didn’t get rich, at least in terms of money, but I made a decent living and enough to buy a house and raise and educate my kids.

    I’m not exactly sure of the defintion of success in modern society, but I do know this. All I do is walk around all day and be Dr. B, and someone sends a check at the end of the month. That’s good enough for this old country boy.

    Dr. B

  3. Love this post, Julie; curiosity, or as you put it a “love for learning” really is so important…of course that doesn’t always translate into performing well on standardized tests, etc., but it does make for one well-informed and often (IMHO) more compassionate, empathetic person — part of that love for learning tends to encompass wondering what life if like for other people, which is always a good thing (again IMHO).

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