Learning Curve: Public School Years

Chapter 2: The Public School Years

I remember the career days in elementary school. Now I think it is called the Great American Teach In, but it still serves the same purpose; introducing students to the world of jobs and careers. I enjoyed the fire truck spraying that hose from the top of the extended ladder. There were many cool things to see on those days.

The career day got even better at the next educational level called middle school. I remember the special guests that would visit our classes in middle school to talk about their profession. They always had cool stuff to show or handout that kept my interest. Now it seems like a trick because the people only showed the cool part of their jobs.  I would listen and think the stuff was cool, but I don’t remember ever thinking that I wanted to do any of those jobs. I think there were some kids that were inspired by the visits, but in middle school, should you know what you want to do? I guess I was kid-like enough to think I could play baseball forever. You know that around-the-room moment where they ask the kids what they want to be when they grow up. I am pretty sure my answer was always a baseball player. Then I remember Toby, the kid who said he was going to be an optometrist. I thought, damn, you know that in middle school? Mind you, this was long before the days of medical magnet elementary and middle schools, so there wasn’t a real push for kids to know these big doctor specialist words so early. These were simpler days, or so I thought. But he knew what he wanted to be. I remember the word because it was such a big word that flowed from his mouth. That moment tends to still rattle my brain a bit. He said it with such confidence, as if he knew that it was going to happen. I just moved on…I was probably very proud of my answer of being a baseball player (I played a lot of baseball).

If you can relate with my story thus far, then you are reading the right book. I have been there, stuck without a good answer, when the teacher or guidance counselor asks, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. I still don’t even know exactly what that means.  Maybe they should ask a better question.



  1. By age 40, what do you want to be doing to
    1. Earn money for yourself and family?
    2. Live a life that you would describe as happy and successful?
    3. Ensure that you will have the opportunity to pursue what you genuinely feel is important to you?

This book will get back to helping answer that question, but for now enjoy the rest of the story.

This is a part of a chapter from my book Learning Curve: How to Prepare For Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going by Pierce Brunson. Every Monday and Thursday for the next 12 weeks I will share parts of the book starting today 3/17/2014.  The next shares will come from my new book Rock The Crowd (Wednesday/ Friday Schedule starting 4/21/2014), a book that helps teachers give the best performances of their life as they teach their students.

Learning Curve: How To Prepare for Success When You Don’t Know Where Your Life Is Going is dedicated to helping the high school student that desires success in life but doesn’t know exactly what they want to do or how to do it.  During this confusing and stressful time most students just pick a college major or get a job and just hope things work out. Well, that strategy is terrible!  The best strategy includes learning and adding the characteristics in this book to one’s personality so that as the right opportunities come along the student can take hold of them.  Learning Curve is the jumpstart information that helps teens prevent a lifetime of wishing, “if only someone would have told me”, once valuable opportunities have gone away.

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Rock The Crowd!

Rock the Crowd

How The Cool Teachers Inspire More Students, Earn More Respect, and Become Lifelong Mentors.

Is there anything better for students then being in the class of the cool teacher?  When it comes to being a student and being forced to attend school there is nothing better. How do these popular teachers continue to be the sparkle in the eyes of so many children while there are others that can’t get them to pay attention.  Rock The Crowd shares the methods of those teachers that are considered cool by students while maintaining the best relationships for valuable learning to take place.  For the “cool teacher” the front of their classroom is their stage and every day, for hours they give the greatest performance their students have seen to date.  The crowd rocker teaches with passion and convictions that inspire real student connections with that last a lifetime.  This connection helps the student to focus on learning and understanding the importance of having a quality education. These teachers are popular year after year while other teachers are struggling to relate to students.  In Rock the Crowd, I share all the things that cool teachers do that make them so successful in working with and producing successful and long lasting results.

Pierce Brunson’s education includes Lynch Elementary, Meadowlawn Middle, Gibbs Senior High School (and the Pinellas County Center for the Arts) in St. Petersburg, FL Temple University in Philadelphia  and Wilmington University in Delaware.  He has 13 years teaching in the public school system as a high school Social Studies teacher majoring in World History and Sociology.  As a teacher, Pierce had a natural gift to rock the crowd and everyday he knew the power of taking the stage in front of students and their moldable minds.  Being a natural leech for ideas that work, Pierce started to use the techniques of other campus crowd rockers to greatly improve his teaching techniques.  In 2012 Pierce stepped away from the classroom to pursue the personal challenge of positively affecting 10,000+ students a year with Firefly Event Photography, his company that captures images that reflect the personality of high school students at their homecomings, proms, and graduations.  The second part of his life involves developing content that helps high school students grow the best skills possible to follow their personal path to success.  Anytime Pierce has the opportunity to speak to teachers or students he is only thinking of one thing before he starts…Rock the Crowd!