Lessons come in many forms. One goal the marines take seriously bettering their recruits and preparing them for civilian life after their time in the military comes to an end. Our Senora Scott shows us what she and educators from all over Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma learned from the marines.
"You have to be able to balance when to be a leader, when to be a follower, when to listen, when to speak, how to not waste time, to be efficient,” teacher and coach Lindsey Jacobson said
At the Marine Educator’s Workshop in San Diego, California teachers got a chance to become students.
"The issue is not accomplishing a task. It's the leadership portion they're working on,” Captain Cris Kimani said.
Over 50 educators and I got a taste of how the marines establish leadership characteristics and when and how to work as a team in their recruits.
“You're evaluated on your ability to roll with the punches. How do you lead your team? How do you get a group of individuals together to accomplish a task? And how do you deal with failure as well because some of the tasks are designed for you to fail,” Capt. Kimani said.
This area is called 12 stalls. Each one has a different mission, lesson. And sometimes consequence.
"You're not always going to be successful in everything you do, but you still have to accomplish the mission, you still have to get stuff done, you still have to use your leadership to get stuff done,” Capt. Kimani said.
It's just one aspect these teachers say they'll implement in their classrooms.
"You may not always have the best idea, and to listen to others who may have a better idea, so that you can do what you need to do to accomplish a task,” Jacobson said.
Other lessons we learned: finding motivation, working under pressure, and being tough mentally as well as physically.
This workshop is set apart from others because the educators got to actually participate in many activities, like this combat fitness test. By going through these events themselves, the educators can relay the experience to their students with firsthand knowledge. It also opens their eyes to a different perspective. Because it's not just academics that are learned in school.