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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

Today's Schools vs. the Schools of Yester-years

I agree that schools cannnot be all things to all people. I also agree that the shcools are changing too much in order to meet the many challenges that we face with our students and education. Our yester-years were so much simpler and there were few external distractions as there are today. Education was the priority then. Today, education is not the priority. The students today care less about getting to class on time and they care less about completing assignments on time. They lack the foresight about graduating from high-school on time and about their lives after graduation. The expectations fo the students has been lowered. Rather thatn the bar being raised, it is being lowered. The lack of parental involvement in the homes as well as in the schools is a major part of the problem. It is impossible for the schools to take on the great burden of raising todays kids. There is only so much that we as educators can do. We have our own lives and families to maintain. My goal as an educator is to prepare my students academically so that they can be successful in this competitive society. I am doing my best and I will trust the Lord wth the outcomes.

1 comment:

Dr. M said...

Hi, Penelope - we do face many challenges as educators, especially when you remember that we are trying to educate so many more now as opposed to the 'olden days'. Our job is to interest and motivate as much as it is to teach the skills. Keep after it!