This month we would like to congratulate our October Feature Spotlight, Teacher Consultant, Jeremy Hyler. Below you can find more information about Jeremy. Feel free to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Instagram.
I currently teach at Fulton Middle School in Middleton, Michigan, and have been teaching for 22 years.
I have been with CRWP for 10 years now. One of my most memorable experiences was being able to travel to Kansas City and work with like-minded writing project consultants from across the nation. They were so innovative and creative. It fed my inner learning soul and I wanted more. It kept the fire alive for me to keep teaching.
My favorite thing about teaching writing is watching the growth in my students. When you see a student go from thinking they can only write two or three sentences, and they eventually find out they have it in them to write paragraphs and even pages of writing. Seeing their confidence makes all the late nights grading papers worth it.
My most recent work is Ask, Explore, Write. The work was a collaborative effort between Dr. Hick, Dr. Pangle, and me. The book is about science and literacy. It is a result of all the great work that has been done with our Beaver Island Institute. As a teacher-writer, it is yet another example of what I can share with my students about the writing process. I love being able to share with my students my writing and the struggles I go through as a writer. I want to be able to relate to them and let them know writing is not easy but can be rewarding.
My favorite author is Jon Gordon because he has a lot of wisdom to share about life and being a great leader. Right now my favorite book is Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday. That book has taught me so much about stepping back and not getting in over my head. I have learned to say no to projects and other tasks that I have been asked to do. I must first, do the work I have well before trying new things.
If I had five or six words for future teachers it would be: Do what is best for students!
Too many times I see others who have their own agendas and don’t always do what is best for the students who are in front of us every day. Keep the students at the center of the decisions you make in your classroom.