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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Sunday, March 28, 2010

can we be everything ?

I think that the role of the school should be to educate, motivate, and empower. I don't necessarily believe that this should be through books only. I think that the school should focus on training teachers how to embrace the differences in students so that there are not so many children left on the side of the road. I see so many children that are super smart but cannot pass to the next level. I have noticed that education really seems to be a numbers game sometimes, meaning we may be so worried about impressing the state with our numbers we forget that these are people. We may laugh with them, and teach them a few life lessons, but are we truly trying to educate, motivate, and empower. I say no because the numbers would be better and so many would not be lost upon entering the workforce. Someone told me a long time ago to focus on the people and everything else will fall into place. No we can't save the world but we can start by having a little more compassion.


Ginger said...

Wow! Your post is very motivating. I do believe that many schools play numbers and stats games. They want to be able to say that they offer this and that but do not focus on what is actually best for the students in their school. It is tough to embrace all the differences but I think it is important to try. I also see many students left behind because there is no time to give them more attention. Even in CTAE, I feel pressured to finish all of the standards and sometimes feel like I cannot slow down to better explain myself. I like the advice that you were given about focusing on the people and all else will fall into place. What great advice!!

Dr. M said...

Hi, Shana - you are practicing what you are preaching! Keep up the great work!