Pat Conroy’s Inspiration for Teachers

For teacher appreciation week, author Pat Conroy has released a lovely video.

Most captivating to me are his words:

“I didn't know if I could teach or not, but they let me know I could. And the teaching caught up, it caught inside me and I could not help it.” 

Most good authors are teachers at heart. They teach us with words. I'll never forget that Pat's book Beach Music was one of my first that I listened to as an audiobook. My children were small and I was a stay at home Mom. I didn't think I could make it through the days and I plugged in the book (into my walkman cd player) and listened. Transported to another world, it helped my world of diapers and Barnie.

When the note came across my inbox from his publicity company, I had to jump at the chance to be the first
blog to feature this video. (The ebook that is offered is through Pat's organization and has no affiliation or endorsement here.) It takes me back and also takes us forward as we remember why we teach.

Here's to you, teachers!

From his publicity company:

“Long before he became a famous author of novels such as The Prince of Tides and The Lords of Discipline, Pat Conroy taught elementary school in an impoverished community on Daufuskie Island off the coast of South Carolina. His book, The Water Is Wide (1972), which was honored by the National Education Association, was largely based on his experiences. In this heartwarming video, Conroy and a former student discuss his unique teaching methods—it's sure to inspire teachers, students, parents, and all those invested in education and our children's future! We hope to set a trend by sharing this video—feel free to pick up the embed code and post it on your site, too. Everyone deserves a few minutes of inspiration!”

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Dorothy Fox May 20, 2011 - 11:33 am

 Thanks for sharing! Beach Music is one of my favorites! Love everything he has written. The Water is Wide is a fascinating study of teaching and life!

coolcatteacher May 20, 2011 - 4:35 pm

It was surreal to be the first blog outside of his own to feature this video. I will have to look up the water is wide.

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