Paying It Forward: Teachers Model a Passion for Learning

August 23, 2013
Lydia Dobyns

Lydia Dobyns

Dave was a disengaged 14-year-old. Everything about his world suggested he would fail. He came to class, eyes glazed over, seeing little relevance in school. He was lost. That is, until a teacher found ways to reach him. A teacher who helped Dave find his voice and discover purpose and passion.

That teacher was Trevor Muir from Kent Innovation High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When given the attention he needed, and presented with learning choices that were real and engaging — Dave became involved in a project he cared about and found relevant. For Global Studies, a combined World History and English class, Dave interviewed veterans and chronicled their stories for a video that was his “masterpiece.” He later presented his documentary along with fellow group mates to veterans, community members and students. Dave put his heart and soul into this project and received his first “A.”

Read more at the Huffington Post