Heather MacKillop made this video in 2011 and it has only had 13 views. Does that mean she doesn’t have a real message? Does it mean what she thinks doesn’t have value? People can put things up on YouTube and get millions of hits. Are their thoughts more important and helpful than Heather MacKillop’s? I watched this video and could see some really valuable messages and lessons for us as teachers. What is a teacher in the 21st century? I think her point that we are shaping students as they shape us is crucial to who we are as teachers in 2015. Students are not just beings to be plugged into a port and we download information into them. We are shaping them. We are trail blazers but we also need to be genuine and authentic in our relationships with students so we can show them the way, share with them and create prooductive relationships with them. One of the most important aspects of this video is how Heather MacKillop has gathered together so many media images of teachers and stuck thoughts about teachers and then made the bold statement in the picture: They will never make a movie about a teacher that made a teacher smile on the worst day of their grade 7 year. They will never write a book about a teacher who made a student go from a C- to a C+. . Teachers can make a difference in small, profound ways. With the advent of technology we can give and gain feedback far more easily. Everyone has a voice and so each student now can represent themselves and can be built up and moved forward. This video poses some interesting ideas worth discussing and clarifying . I was looking at the teacher and classroom images. Is that how I want teachers and classes represented in media? No. A good reason for us all to be out there representing our profession as it truly is. We are not our stereotypes nor our ancestors.