Mr. Chips

Thank you Mike at A Bit About Britain for your lovely comment.  Did you know my hero teacher is Mr. Chips?  Perhaps he has been tucked away somewhere in my heart, as he has been beloved to me long before I became a teacher.  The fact that you equate me with Mr. Chips makes me very, very happy and deeply grateful.

That’s a lovely tale, Jennie. So many teachers I know have become cynical (maybe they were to start with), but not you – you see the path, don’t you? I reckon you’re a kind of latter-day Mr (or Mrs, of course) Chips!


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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43 Responses to Mr. Chips

  1. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a great comment.

  2. beth says:

    What a compliment! I loved loved that movie and character

  3. Darlene says:

    What a wonderful compliment. I too loved that movie. xo

  4. beetleypete says:

    That Robert Donat film version is a real classic. And a tear-jerker too! 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  5. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    That is a heart warming story and a lovely compliment to you 🙂

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    We all see it, Jennie. That’s why you’ve earned such respect. By the way, I had never seen Goodbye Mr. Chips until one of my professors showed it to us in one of my teaching prep classes.

  7. quiall says:

    You are deserving of it.

  8. I have not seen the movie but will surely see it on Netflix if it is there. Thanks Jennie.

  9. That’s a very big compliment, brava!

  10. After i had looked up who Mr. Chips is, its a great compliment, Jennie! Congratulations, and enjoy a fantastic weekend! xx Michael

  11. TanGental says:

    Ah well v apt. I can be transported back to cold wet Sunday afternoons in the 60s when old black and white movies came on the TV. This was one favourite I recall alongside William Powell and Myrna Loy mysteries the Titchfield Thunderbolt, Will Hay comedies Abbott and Costello… oh you memory jogger Jennie!

    • Jennie says:

      I loved the old black and white movies. Glad this triggered memories for you. You mention excellent ones. Ah, Barbara Stanwick in Stella Dallas, Jimmy Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life. What is the name of the movie where he skiis downhill at the end, fleeing the Germans? Thanks for adding your movies.

      BTW, I have not forgotten your comment to post my pool fish and their many names. Stay tuned this week.🙂

  12. I certainly think it was an appropriately deserved compliment, Jennie. I hadn’t thought of Mr Chips for years until your writing inspired it, but have now dug out my old dog-eared copy to re-read. The Donat/Garson film version is wonderful – full of pathos – the recitation of the boys’ names… A lost world. Definitely one for a damp Sunday afternoon! Regards, Mike.

    • Jennie says:

      Thank you, Mike! Yes, reciting the boys’ names… ah! I think this should be required reading (or watching) for every new teacher.
      Happy reading on a damp Sunday.

  13. Time for me to read that book!

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  15. I love “Mr. Chips”-what a beautiful comparison for you.

  16. What a lovely comment, Jennie.

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