About Jane Reed
My choice to enter the field of education is based on my belief that each individual is born with a unique design of endless possibilities. We all have the right to become capable, positively accepted by society and successful. However, I was determined to make a positive difference by loving and encouraging my students, rather than threatening and judging them.
Over the last thirty years as a parent, grandparent, teacher and educator, I have witnessed that much of a child’s ability to realize his potential depends directly upon all the adults who influence his early years.
My love for public speaking was influenced and encouraged by my fifth grade teacher. I remember giving a book report to the class and the looks on the teacher’s and student’s faces when I finished was amazement. This truly inspired me to try to reach higher levels of excellence with each report. It also taught me to look for and recognize the abilities of others, knowing that recognizing exceptional moments motivates others to keep trying to grow beyond what they believe they can do.
Another turning point came when my 3 1/2 year old daughter wanted to play the piano. I was frustrated with the results that my traditional teaching methods were yielding. After much soul searching, I enrolled in my first Suzuki Piano Teacher Training class.
I learned that if we want children to learn, we must prepare an environment that encourages growth.
This course would not only teach me to be a better teacher, but would lead me to my ultimate purpose in life! I wanted to have a positive impact on students and contribute to improving society through my work. I wanted my work to have a value bigger than myself.
Becoming a teacher-trainer motivated me to study learning, so that we could all do our best job of teaching. As this process continued for many years, I was finding that a lot of the teachers I trained were struggling with the behavioral problems of their students and that made it difficult for them to teach successfully.
We know that children can only learn when they are focused, and behavioral problems quickly remove concentration. Bob did some research and found the Love and Logic Institute. Their values and purpose were very much aligned with the Suzuki philosophy and my personal values. So off I went to learn more!
Love and Logic helps parents recognize their priorities and establish firm, yet loving boundaries to keep their values intact. It teaches parents to interact in ways that help children, while preserving the parent’s dignity. We learn to choose our words wisely and act as better role models. Children are encouraged to learn through natural consequences of their behavior while they are young and the price tag for mistakes is small.