Baltimore’s Chalkboard Champion Wyatt Oroke

Any teacher who needs a reminder about why we do the work we do can take a look at this video of middle school teacher Wyatt Oroke from Baltimore, Maryland. This chalkboard champion teaches humanities to eighth graders at City Springs Middle School. Wyatt attended a taping of the Ellen Degeneres show last October, where he was surprised to find himself seated in the interview chair. He shared his passion for teaching, expressed his love for his students, and described his goals for their success. “What happens in classrooms today impacts what happens in the world tomorrow,” says Wyatt. “If you fill your classroom with love today, you’re going to fill the world with love tomorrow.” Take a look:

To read more about this amazing educator and his students, click on this article published in Education PostWyatt Oroke 1, or this one in the Baltimore SunWyatt Oroke 2.

The Life Lesson Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Teaches Us All

Today’s national celebration of the birthday of civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., offers teachers an excellent opportunity to share the story of this prominent figure in America’s history, and to guide young people in their reflection on what lessons about life this great leader’s life can offer us.

As a young child myself in the 1960’s, I can remember vividly watching the “I Have a Dream” speech on television that hot August night in 1963. I was eight years old then, and impressionable. I’m all grown up now, but throughout the five and a half decades since that historic March on Washington, whenever I watch video of that historic speech, I am impressed all over again with the possibility that the world we share could, and should, be a better place, and that no matter how young—or old—I am, I can take action, even if it’s small, that would make such improvement come about. This is one of the most important lessons MLK has taught us all, not only then, but most especially now.

The video of King’s historic speech is below. To learn more about this amazing man, click on MLK Biography. To examine the website of the MLK Center for Nonviolent Change, click on King Center.