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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?

Monday, April 28, 2014

April 22 Quote

Lee Iacocca stated, "In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing civilization along from one generation to the next ought to be the highest honor and highest responsibility anyone could have." Do you agree or disagree, and why? I am not sure how I feel about this quote. There are too many factors that are not mentioned for me to have a definitive opinion. So with the info I have before me I am going to give it my best shot. Here goes. I believe society should have a higher regard for teachers than it does. Not only are we (teachers) charged with educating students in our content area, we are expected to "raise" them morally. I take the responsibility very personally. I treat my students as my children and hope I leave a footprint on their life that instills honesty, integrity, and a good work ethic. The part of the quote that bothers me is "the rest of us would have to settle for something less..." I don't think professions such as doctors, scientists, pastors, etc. is settling for less. Even those that do not hold a teaching certificate are capable of teaching. Most moms should have a "degree" with all of the skills they are responsible for teaching their children. How to get dressed, how to eat with a fork and spoon, tying your shoes. If children didn't get those basics, we would all be running around naked, shoeless, and messy faced. See how this quote has me torn?

1 comment:

LRS said...

I actually laughed out loud about the end part. I can see it now all of us running around naked and messy faced. I had a total visual image. I agree, that who's to say that doctors, scientists, and pastors have settled for less than teachers. Without doctors, we'd never have a sick day excuse, or prozac to keep us straight. Without scientist, science teachers wouldn't have much to teach, and pastors have to bring us back to Jesus when losing faith seems too easy. There are so many careers that could be rewarding, its not fair to say that if you're not teaching you've settled for less.