Bryan Plinske Teacher 847-395-9086 firstname.lastname@example.org Notes What ‘Ignite passion and discovery in every student’ Means to Me Dostoyevsky said, “It's life that matters, nothing but life—the process of discovering, the everlasting and perpetual process, not the discovery itself, at all.” There is a grand world out there, one that grows ever larger. Students need the skills to pursue whatever information peaks their interest. How are we to know what will be fascinating next year or the year after? But if we can teach the students how to plumb the depths to find what they need, they will be able to achieve anything. A Teachable Moment “Mr. Plinske – it looks like you could use a challenge. What do you think of reading Catch 22?” To be honest, I didn’t think much of it. As a high school senior in a class called Novels, one book was as good as another. But before long I was flying along side Yossarian trying to figure out why I had to submit to the will of authority. That one moment opened the world of literature – of authors who give us fresh details of life in a way we’ve never seen before. All the other books I had read before paled in comparison. If this is what quality literature is, how did I find more? After avoiding flak from German anti-aircraft guns, I was swabbing the deck of the Pequod trying to fathom whether fate or free will determined my future. From the seven seas I was besides Raskolnikov in frigid Russia with all his doubts and deliria for things that could not be undone. From there I have travel through space and time and wrestled with giant concepts, some of which I have defeated and some of which have gotten the better of me. But without that one teacher putting a book in my hand and being there to guide me when I had innumerable questions, all those worlds would have been lost.