In an effort to recognize the importance of teaching, the Rossier School of Education partnered with 2tor, Inc — a company that provides online education along with universities — to create an innovative platform to show appreciation for teachers, using new media.The website, “My Teacher, My Hero,” was launched in conjunction with the Rossier’s new Masters of Arts in Teaching online course, MAT@USC. The website allows people to upload videos of themselves thanking their teachers and emphasizing the importance of the profession.“[It] shows people who are considering becoming teachers how important and impactful the profession is,” said Margo Pensavalle, associate professor of clinical education.The purpose of My Teacher, My Hero is two-fold, said Jeremy Johnson, 2tor chief technology officer. The site is run by MAT@USC and 2tor and is a vehicle to promote the new program and show interested applicants how to receive more information.The site hopes to “help raise the status of teachers in our society” by hosting numerous videos from “leaders in film, entertainment, and politics that are speaking about how their teachers impacted their lives,” Johnson said.Contributors who have already uploaded video to the site include Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, musician Sean Paul, Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and president of HBO Entertainment Sue Naegle.The creators of My Teacher, My Hero are hoping to get site visits from students, teachers and young children alike. The site will recognize teachers and show that people appreciate what they contribute. Johnson also wants parents and young children who visit the site to see the incredible impact teachers have on society.They want to “show people that being a teacher is a rich [and] rewarding profession” and prospective teachers “should not feel as though others will not respect them,” Johnson said.2tor chose to use video as a mechanism to recognize teachers because “video allows you to touch and feel something a little more acutely and be a little more involved,” according to Johnson.The video submission process is user friendly, and social media tools make it simpler to share video. 2tor set up links to Facebook, Twitter and an email form to “make [uploading a video] easiest as possible.”The onus is on the video submitter to share the video with the public and email it to their teacher, if they so choose, Johnson said.USC students recognized the value of demonstrating appreciation for great teaching, but there were mixed opinions on whether they would actually upload videos.“I’ve had good teachers, but not enough to put a video online,” said Jayson Kellogg, a sophomore majoring in philosophy.Freshman Ann Jankowski, however, said she would upload a video for her favorite teacher in high school that wasn’t liked by many other students.“I adored her and I want to show her that people care and she deserves to be acknowledged,” Jankowski, a theatre major, said.
At 41 and a veteran of professional mixed martial arts for 15-plus years, Lyoto Machida still loves to train. Every single aspect of it: from packing his gym bag to making the trek to his next session and putting in the actual work.“I enjoy every single moment of the journey,” Machida told Sporting News during Wednesday’s media day for Bellator 222, where he’ll face fellow MMA veteran Chael Sonnen in the co-headlining event at Madison Square Garden on Friday, live on DAZN. In addition to his fondness of training, Machida also fuels his fighting career with another passion: cooking.The former UFC champion first fell in love with cooking while suspended 18 months — from April 2016 to October 2017 — after admitting he used a banned substance in a drug test administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).Join DAZN and watch Bellator 222 on June 14“When I stayed out of fighting for almost two years, I tried to find something that I could enjoy more than my training,” Machida said. “I think it’s a way that I found to get involved more with my kids. They love when I make sukiyaki — it’s a Japanese dish with vegetables and meat.”Over time, “The Dragon” has been able to pinpoint similarities between culinary arts and mixed martial arts, adding that the former aids his elusive, karate-based style and overall fighting in the twilight of his career. View this post on Instagram That said, Machida minces no words about what he expects if he gets his hand raised over Sonnen.“I want the belt,” Machida said, with his sights set on Bellator heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader, whom the Brazilian knocked out in the UFC back in August 2012. “I’m not here to play around. I’ve been saying that since I signed with Bellator.”With ambition like that, it’s a good thing Machida has the culinary skills to fuel his fighting fire. Hobby nada mais é que um passatempo, uma ação, uma atividade que lhe traz prazer e satisfação. Eu, por exemplo, gosto muito de cozinhar! Isso mesmo. Sempre faço algumas receitas e me divirto na cozinha. Para mim é algo prazeroso e não tenho dúvidas de que influencia na minha qualidade de vida e no meu humor. Você tem um hobby? Então ao fazê-lo com frequência, perceberá um aumento no bem-estar conforme a tensão do dia a dia reduz. Agora é a sua vez, conta pra mim nos comentários qual o seu hobby! #tbt A hobby is a pastime, an activity that brings your pleasure and satisfaction. For instance, I really like to cook! That’s right, I always cook up some recipes and have fun in the kitchen, it’s something that I enjoy and I’m sure that it has an influence on my quality of life and mood. Do you have a hobby? If you do it often, you will notice an increase in your well-being as the daily tensions will be reduced. Now it’s your turn, tell me about your hobbies in the comments!A post shared by Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) on Apr 18, 2019 at 8:01am PDT“When you cook, you kind of find yourself,” Machida says. “You have your own moments. You cut the onion, you cut the tomato, you do everything on your own and you feel more concentrated and focused in a different style.“When you train in martial arts, you’re already in this stage,” he continues. “But when you cook, it’s more peaceful and you could get the same aspects (as training).”MORE: Bellator 222: Rory MacDonald explains clarity he found to continue fighting career“More peaceful” is not how you would describe promoting and entering a fight with the ever-opinionated Sonnen. But Machida (25-8) hasn’t found Sonnen (31-16-1) to be the trash-talking, venom-spewing fighter he usually is entering scraps with past opponents.“He’s so quiet now,” Machida says. “I’m not sure why.”Perhaps it’s partly because Machida counts victories over MMA greats like Gegard Mousasi, Ryan Bader, Dan Henderson, Randy Couture, Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz — to name a few.Machida has heard Sonnen say he wants to exact revenge on behalf of his Team Quest stablemates, Couture and Henderson — a motivational theme that “The American Gangster” continued running with on Wednesday.”I thought as a team, we got closer and closer, but that’s a tough puzzle to solve,” Sonnen told SN. “Machida’s got some very unique skills. He does stuff that other guys don’t do. If you’re one guy who runs through Team Quest, you’ve got quite the feather in your cap and he will deserve that … if he gets it done.”