From JALT website
This is a story from an invitation to a JALT conference. It is about a teacher who “made difference” in the life of one of his students.
Steven Herder remembers… “Joe J. Vacheresse (J.J.) made a lasting difference in my life. He was my high school principal in the late 1970s in Nova Scotia, Canada. I now realize how clearly and consistently he showed all his students the things that he believed in: the importance of cleanliness, the power of believing in people and the honor of being a school principal in so many simple ways. Firstly, our school was spotless – he believed that a clean school was important and pride in our school was worthwhile. We all bought into that idea under his leadership. Next, as our small school’s chorus conductor, J.J. taught me to believe in myself and showed me that even a scrawny little kid like me could boom like Pavarotti if I put in the effort and believed in myself. Finally, he was always accessible to students and he treated everyone individually and equally. It’s been 32 years since I graduated from Westville High School, but I still think of him regularly and I’m still in awe of the difference he made in my life.”
Read the questions below, think about them all and then choose ONE of them and write your answer (5-10 sentences).
1. Is there any person who “made difference” in your life? Who is it?
2. How do you understand the phrase “believing in people”? Do you think it is important to “believe in people”?
3. Write your own sentences with the phrases written in bold.