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Molder of Dreams

Molder of Dreams

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The movie focuses on Teacher of the Year Guy Doud. Guy brings us through his experiences as a teacher, what he does, how he reaches out to students, his highs and his lows and where he draws his inspiration from. In a mix of reenactments and a stand-up act, Guy gives an honest look into his life. He shares with us his own teachers from when he was growing up, the good and the bad and the exceptional. He shares what hurt him as a student and how he uses that to guide his own actions as a teacher himself. He shares with us his present class, including a student who is undergoing treatment for cancer, drawing some of the most poignant moments from the movie from when he forces his students to confront the fact that others go through things they never think of. He also tells of his encounter with President Ronald Reagan as he received his award. With a healthy dose of self-depreciating humor, he brings us into his world and tells us what it is that makes him stay on in a career that is so different year by year, day by day. He never preaches that he is better just because of his award, but gives credit to God for allowing him to reach out and touch and to make a difference.
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I was in awe of the passion he has for his career and for the students he reaches. Doud refers to himself as a 'feeler' in his field therefore trying to
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reach beyond just the 'three R's' of schooling. Doud is an excellent writer and is an expert at touching heartstrings through his words. I was at the point of tears and laughing out loud at different places. Being a Christian and an educator, I was so inspired by the feelings of this wonderful author and person. Doud shares his personal feelings about his students and his passion for teaching. It is easy to see how he eventually

became national teacher of the year. I recommend this movie to anyone who has a desire to make a difference in the field of education. It is truly inspiring. Guy Doud was 1986 teacher of the year. Hailing from Brainerd, Minnesota, he writes of his difficult experiences growing up and how his teachers and peers affected him. Doud demonstrates that teachers are the molders or destroyers of dreams. All of us, then, are teachers and we are letters to others simply by our actions. As teachers, we can write letters of hope and encouragement or failure and distress, on the hearts of those we meet. Doud challenges the movie watcher to ask whether they want to be remembered for a letter that is positive or negative. Master storyteller Guy Doud shares what it's like to grow up with all the inadequacies that cripple a child emotionally - obesity, an alcoholic mother, financial hardship and even being the last one to be chosen for kickball. As an
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adult, he's overcome his upbringing to receive the national Teacher of the Year award and now spends his time sharing with audiences around the
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country about the impact one person can have in effecting another person's life to mold their hopes - their dreams. Former Teacher of the Year, Guy Doud, shares his inspiring stories; one is Guy's stirring and humorous narrative of his own

childhood and how it affected the way he teaches ; the other is the account of one Guy's students, Kent Soderman, a spirited young man courageously battling cancer. Guy Doud, Teacher of the Year in 1987, represents all teachers as he shares his gifts as a speaker and teacher in this moving video. Drawing on his experiences as a shy, overweight student, Doud recalls times when teachers humiliated him, as well as when they built him up and helped him discover his gifts as a speaker and his desire to become a teacher. In a dramatized sequence, Doud teaches interviewing and reporting skills in his high school classroom. The real lesson is compassion, however, as his students discover that they should embrace rather than avoid those who seem different. Hippocrates postulated that an imbalance among the humors (blood, phlegm, black bile, and yellow bile) resulted in pain and disease, and that good health was mix in Doud's description of his visit to the White House to receive the National Teacher of the Year. The National Teacher of the Year is a professional award in the United States. The program began in 1952, as a

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project by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), and aims to reward excellence in teaching. It is sponsored by ING. Award. At the
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conclusion of that meeting, President Reagan shared with Doud a poem about

teachers, titled Molder of Dreams. The poet tells teachers, "You are the molder of dreams." All viewers can gain from Doud's candid, poignant and significantly instructive teacher lore. Here is the complete transcript of the poem :

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Points to ponder : Were the following principles of counseling observed throughout the movie or in the reflections made about the movie ?
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1. Counseling is based on the recognition of the dignity and worth of the individual and on his right to personal assistance in time of need. 2. Counseling is client-centered being concerned with optimum

development of the whole person and the fullest realization of his potentials for individual and social needs. 3. Counseling is a continuous, sequential and educational process. 4. Counseling has the responsibility to society as well as to the individual. 5. Counseling must respect the right of every person to accept or refuse the services it offers. 6. Counseling is oriented around cooperation not compulsion. 7. Counseling implies assistance given by persons in making wise decisions, plans, interpretation, and adjustment in the critical situation in life.
8. Counseling requires a comprehension study of the individual in his

cultural setting by the use of every scientific technique available.
9. Counseling is focused on helping the individual realize and actualize his

best self rather than in solving isolated problems.
10. Counseling

to

be

effective

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scientifically

evaluated.

The answer is YES. Counselors should set aside their own value system in order to empathize with the person during counseling. The things the

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counselor may view as unimportant may be of paramount importance to the counselee. We tend to view the world through our own values, and
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this can present problems when we are confronted with values that are at odds with our own. If students think something is causing them a

problem, then it is a problem to them, regardless of how insignificant you might believe the problem to be. The objective of counseling is to give your students support in dealing with problems so that they will regain the ability to work effectively in school. Counseling effectiveness following is achieved counseling

through performance of one or more of objectives:

the

advice, reassurance, release of emotional tension, clarified

thinking, and reorientation.

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