Informal learning experiences drive many into the education realm. For some, the opportunity to coach young people in sports or other extra-curricular programs is what motivates them to get out of bed in the morning. It is in these contexts that young people acquire some of the lessons that have stood the tests of time in their memory, and formulated their being. It is these moments that we hope to capture and pass on through this collective work.
The Greatest Lecture I Was Never Taught: Leadership Lessons and Mentoring Moments from the Lives of Everyday Educators asks educators from all sectors (K12, Higher Education, Educational Administrators, Medical, Military, Coaching, etc.) to reflect on these moments and help us pass them on. Some took this as an opportunity to finally thank a mentor. Others presented information on what shaped their priorities; and still others just wanted to tell a story. Whatever their motivation, this collection should serve as an investigation on how the informal teaching moments are a leader’s and mentor’s greatest tool.
John H. Curry, Ph.D. (2005), Utah State University, is an Associate Professor of Instructional Design and Technology and Chair of the Organizational Learning and Performance Department at Idaho State University.
Sean R. Jackson, Ed.D. (2018), Morehead State University, is the K-12 Computer Science Lead for the Kentucky Department of Education. Dr. Jackson was a 2018 Cochran Intern for the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) and serves on CompTIA’s National CTE Advisory Council.
Charles B. Hodges
A Note from the Series Editors
Christopher T. Miller and Anthony A. Piña
Notes on Contributors
John H. Curry
2 The Art of the Deal
3 Always Be Present
4 Lectern Smashing Lectures
5 First Sergeant’s Family
6 Creating a Caring Culture through Personal Development
7 Daily Conversations: A Visible Leader
8 Stop Thinking of Yourself Like a Student!
Christopher T. Miller
9 Love Changes People
10 … And Only a Second to Destroy It
11 Clean Baseboards
12 When the Tutee Schools the Tutor
13 “When I Need a Class Clown, I’ll Let You Know”
John H. Curry
14 What Do You Want to Do?
15 Leaders Listen, Share, and Support Others
Megan Conners Murtaugh
16 Demonstrating an Ethic of Care: The Valuable Resource of Time
17 You Don’t Have to Earn the Highest Grade
18 You Can’t Serve Your People If You Don’t Know Your People
19 We Are All Human!
20 Right Place, Right Time
21 Grow Your Circle
22 My Identity as an Asian/Asian-American Immigrant in the USA
23 Even If You Go into Administration, Be Sure to Keep up with Your Scholarship
Anthony A. Piña
24 Don’t Let Anything Hold You Back
25 The Value of Unsaid Words
26 It Can Wait
27 Leading by Walking Next to Me
28 What Can You Do with a Dollar?
29 My Greatest Teacher
30 The Bunter
Wendy Ann Gentry
31 A Teachable Moment I Remember Still Years Later
32 Move On
33 Quiet Greatness
34 Listening Is Active
35 Turn Your Critics into Your Coaches
36 ‘Take the Time to Talk It Out’: A Lesson in Leadership and Decision Making
37 These Ties Aren’t for Me
38 I’m Sorry, Who Are You?
39 Kids Don’t Care What Shoes You Wear
40 Shut Up
41 The Heart and Trust of a Mentor
42 Why Whisper?
43 The Work Must Be Completed!
44 Never Judge Batman by His Mask
45 The Power of Belief
46 Building Confidence Instead of Tearing It Down
47 Chipping Away at Naiveté
Barbara M. Hall
48 I Believe You Can
Connie Chuyun Hu
49 A Long Overdue ‘Thank You’ to a Great Teacher
50 People Are More Important Than Programs
51 What Will Make Your Job Easier?
52 Human First, Student Later: The Fine Art of Academic Advising
53 A Game with a Purpose
Burley R. Johnson
54 Something New
Themes per Chapter
Anyone who teaches leadership classes, is interested in mentoring, or who mentors students themselves; as well as students in leadership courses, or anyone interested in educational leadership and growth.