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Prof. Joe has written more than 150 articles for more than a dozen print and on-line publications, including, Empower Magazine,, and Student Leader Magazine. Here are some of his most requested articles for new teachers, including some from a few of his friends. Enjoy!


Teach it Forward and Reap it Forever

by Professor Joe Martin


Sometimes the smallest gifts are the greatest gifts. I should know, because my physical education teacher made an impact on my life that I have not soon forgotten.

I had just completed my final exam (don’t ask me why we had to take a written exam in P.E.), when I attempted to turn it in to my teacher, Coach Bruce. However, when I went to give it to him, Coach Bruce passed a hand-written note to me.

He insisted that I not open it and asked me to read it later. Bewildered, I just agreed and proceeded to leave.

Later that afternoon, as I stood in my room getting ready to change in something more comfortable, I felt the note Coach Bruce had given me stuffed in my back pocket.

I immediately remember he had given it to me, so I proceeded to read it.


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