One Teacher’s Life-Changing Lesson Plan
I’m talking about teachers again today, and WOW! are you going to love this story.
When I first partnered with Office Depot for their Adopt-a-Classroom program, I knew that teachers worked hard and were underpaid. I knew that they were teaching our kids important things (like how to read).
But then I learned the 10 Shocking Facts about Teachers (that I shared with you last week), and I realized just how much teachers are doing – that goes way beyond just making sure my kid knows how to read.
And after hearing today’s story, I’m absolutely stunned at how teachers are literally changing the world.
Meet Brian Copes
Brian is a teacher at Calera High School in Calera, Alabama.
Rather than just stand at the front of the room and lecture to his students or assign worksheets during his pre-engineering class, Brian decided to take things a little further.
“My proudest and most successful teaching units are those where students take what they have learned in the classroom to help others and ‘Change the World.’ Instead of having them focus on themselves, I’m having them focus on others.”
So what does that mean exactly?
Well, not too long ago, Brian and his students traveled to Honduras and fit 14 amputees with prosthetic limbs.
That they built themselves.
Yes – you read that correctly.
Brian’s students invented an inexpensive prosthetic limb using old car and bicycle parts.
And then they built 14 of them in the classroom and took them to Honduras
Brian says, “The cheapest prosthetic limb on the market is $2,000 – $3,000. My kids made one for about $100.”
The students are thinking through every scenario as they make the limbs – even utilizing bike parts when they can to cut down on future costs.
As one student said, “They have a lot of bikes in Honduras, so if a part breaks, they can fix it.”
Brian can still remember seeing the first Honduran amputee fitted with a prosthetic leg take his first steps.
“One of the beaming Calera students exclaimed, ‘It’s a miracle!‘ I choked back my tears. Not only did my student change the life of a stranger, but a stranger changed the life of my student. And they both changed my life and how and what I teach.“
Watch this powerful video about Brian and how he and his students are changing lives.
Trust me, it’s a powerful two minutes.
Now THAT is what I call a life-changing lesson plan!
Want to know how you can help?
Whether you want to adopt a specific classroom – like Brian’s – or make a general donation, click here for more details.
And if you’re a teacher – register your classroom so that people can support YOU!
This is the second in a series of four posts I’ll be doing about teachers this month on behalf of Office Depot. I was compensated for this post, although all thoughts and opinions are my own.