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A high school teacher, trainer, and instructional coach, Chase Mielke was a 2014 Michigan Teacher of the Year nominee, and is currently a Quantum Learning for Teachers facilitator (qln.com) and creator of an award-winning Positive Psychology program for at-risk 10th graders. Feel free to contact about education, teaching, and/or speaking/keynote engagements. The guy is obsessed with education and can be reached through this blog or at cmielke@plainwellschools.org.

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  1. Caron says:

    Beautiful words and inspiring message. Thank you!

  2. Molly Moran says:

    WOW… I showed this video today to all my classes.Thank you for creating it. It brought me to tears.

  3. Jennifer Loftis says:

    Beautiful post! I teach all at risk 6th graders at a Middle School in south carolina. I’m going to be using a portion of this letter to read to my classes tomorrow. My children also need some inspiration, I give pep talks like this daily. Thanks!

  4. Dan says:

    A very close friend of mine shared your post with me. I have been teaching English for almost 25 years. I told her it was like you reached into my heart and pulled out what I was feeling and put it into words. Thank you for articulating this.

  5. Tracy says:

    Chase, I am a little bit in love with you, but not in a weird and creepy way or a way that my husband might object to. I am in love with your teacher soul and I am stoked that you seem to have coalesced the experiences, impressions and flitting thoughts from my head into pieces of kick-ass writing. You keep reminding my why I do what I do (with 150 middle school kids) and why empathy and humor are the most valuable teacher characteristics even though they don’t show up on evals.

  6. Mary Hylton says:

    This was so powerful yet simple. Direct, to the point and full of great insight! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  7. Stacy Collins says:

    Your words are spot on. I will share them with the middle schoolers and high schoolers I see in my counseling practice.

  8. Elle Dx says:

    My daughter’s high school algebra teacher handed this out to his 9th grade class of unmotivated students (including my daughter). She called me to tell me that she has an entire switch in her attitude about school. All I can say is THANK YOU to you and her teacher for sharing this!!! They will be watching the video tomorrow.

  9. CB says:

    Hi. I’m an AP at a Junior High in Fremont. I wanted to know if some members of my staff would be able to get your permission to make a video out of read your “Dear Killjoy” blog article. I think it would be a powerful message for our community. Full credit given. Please let me know how to go about this.

  10. Mia says:

    This spoken word is so very powerful. I teach third grade yet the message still rings true. I plan to share it with my students, parents, anyone who is willing to read and hear it! Thank you for this message!!!

  11. Karen says:

    Love this.

  12. Cate says:

    I randomly came across that video, and it really spoke to me. I graduated from high school in May. Although I’m ashamed to admit it, for the first three years of high school, I was the kid who never cared about her grades, and always thought her teachers were out to make her life miserable. I’ve always struggled a lot with math, and Advanced Algebra during my junior year was no different: I put in absolutely no effort, never asked for help (heaven forbid I do a crazy thing like that), and let my grades go totally downhill. My math teacher was always nagging at me to put effort in, and to do my homework, studying, etc. but of course I never listened. After all, he was just a mean teacher out to make my life horrible…right? After it became evident that there would be virtually no way that I could pass second semester of the class, my school counselor came to me and told me that I had the option of taking the exam, since I wouldn’t pass regardless. “If you decide not to take it, you have to go talk to Mr. H and tell him that you won’t be.” So I went into his classroom, walked up to him, stared down at my feet, and said: “I’m not going to be taking the exam for this class, and I fully understand that I’ve failed this semester. I’m so, so sorry.” I will never forget looking up at him and, to my shock, seeing tears in his eyes. For the first time, my selfish, naive teenage self realized that he cared deeply about my success; he would only nag at me because he wanted so desperately to see me do well. After a hug, he told me that he believed in me and that I was capable of so much more than I realized. That was one of the most defining moments in high school for me. I was such a different person my senior year. My grades were good, I asked for help when I needed it, I got along great with my teachers, and I told them that I appreciated them. I want to thank all you teachers out there for all you do. For caring, for wanting to see us succeed, and for putting so much of yourselves into what you do…even if your students can’t see it now, one day they will.

    1. hubbajubba1 says:

      What a fantastic post. Continued success to you as you strive to become the best you can be!

  13. Angie says:

    This is the best thing I’ve read in a long time. Just what I had been trying to tell my children for years, but didn’t do it quite so eloquently.

  14. Beth says:

    Just found this blog by accident. You are brilliant.

  15. Ms. Chin says:

    I’m so glad to have randomly stumbled upon such a great education blog!

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