What Julia Child Taught Me About Teaching

Sometimes important lessons are waiting to be learned outside our own professions. Of course, Julia Child was a teacher, but I’d never thought to look to her as a source of inspiration for elementary education or educational leadership. Here’s some of what I found when I did…

“Find something you’re passionate about and keep tremendously interested in it.”

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Julia embodied joyfully embracing the art and craft of something you love to do, and the learning stance that goes along with that commitment. She was convinced that, in cooking, there was a right and wrong way to do things, and strove to learn effective technique. This commitment to constant improvement of her own practice, of course, was not without risk–or failure. Her approach to making mistakes publicly has been inspirational to me as a teacher, and even more so as an administrator. Continue reading