Little Johnny Storyboard : The Perfect Teacher Project Little Johnny Storyboard Slide 2: Ms. Jones began every year with a light and expectant heart. She would wait just inside her door for that most exciting of moments; and, when the bell rang, would open the door for her newest group of kids. Slide 3: Her new students would settle themselves into their new class. And, Ms. Jones would begin her year. Slide 4: Ms. Jones wasn’t a good teacher.
She wasn’t a great teacher.
She was the perfect teacher. Slide 5: Ms. Jones learned about her students –
what would excite their curiosity,
how to best help them learn,
how to make them feel safe and secure,
and how to make them trust themselves and their learning. Slide 6: Her math lessons brought nature and the universe into the class. Slide 7: Her science lessons challenged all to think and dream. Slide 8: Her reading sessions were dramatic and exciting. Slide 9: Her writing lessons brought inspiration and enchantment to all. Slide 10: Ms. Jones had always succeeded in bringing a light to the hearts and minds of all her students. Slide 11: And then, one morning, Ms. Jones came to class. Slide 12: And she found little Johnny sitting in a chair at the back. Slide 13: Johnny didn’t participate in those glorious math lessons. Slide 14: Little Johnny didn’t share in the joy of science discovery. Slide 15: Little Johnny didn’t rise to the wonder of the spoken word. Slide 16: And writing brought forth no inspiration from his leaden pencil. Slide 17: But, Ms. Jones knew what to do. Slide 18: Ms. Jones learned about Johnny. Slide 19: She brought his parents to the school to discover more. Slide 20: She talked to those that played with Johnny. Slide 21: She sought advice and assistance from her colleagues and friends. Slide 22: She researched and read everything she could find. Slide 23: She discussed Johnny on online forums and with a resident child behaviorist. Slide 24: And, most important of all, she talked with Johnny. Slide 25: And talked with Johnny. Slide 26: And talked with Johnny. Slide 27: And talked with Johnny. Slide 28: Every moment she could, she tried to find that lever – for, as the saying goes, ‘give me a lever big enough, and I’ll move the world’.
She just needed to move little Johnny. Slide 29: But she didn’t find that lever. Slide 30: And little Johnny faded. Slide 31: And faded. Slide 32: And faded. Slide 33: Until, one day, Ms. Jones turned and found only an empty chair. Slide 34: She had failed.
And she had never known failure before. Slide 35: The year ended and she faced the long summer.
She did not know how she could face returning.
She had failed her student. Slide 36: She sat by her window and pondered.
Every day seemed grey and bleak.
If she could fail once, she could fail again and again and again. Slide 37: And then, one day, she made the realization.
A perfect teacher is not one that always succeeds.
A perfect teacher is not one that makes every second magical.
A perfect teacher is one who realizes that they can never be perfect.
But, they can always get better. They can always improve.
They can, and do, learn from their failures.
A perfect teacher rises and tries and rises again. Slide 38: And once again, Ms. Jones found herself waiting just inside the door. Slide 39: Her heart was not quite so light,
but, she found that she was just as expectant. Slide 40: Ms. Jones opened the door and welcomed in her newest bright rays of sunshine.
The year unfolded ahead of her – and she was glad.