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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?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Importance of Teaching...

I agree with Lee Iaoccoa referencing teachers in high regard. However, I don’t agree with the part about everyone else having to settle for something less. I think we all came from different professions prior to teaching and I know, I for one, felt that I had a very important job serving and protecting citizens. I think there are many jobs that are often looked down upon because they don’t bring in the highest salaries or are considered esteemed such as doctors and lawyers. But too often, people forget that they entrust 13 years of a child’s life and the most impressionable ones at that, to a teacher and when they are in trouble, they need a Police Officer or EMT. No matter what we are called to do in life, I think we all play a valuable role in being productive citizens.

I also agree that teachers do not get the credit they deserve. This is by far the hardest job I have ever had. Teaching takes a lot of effort and time or blood, sweat and tears if you will and often for little pay and hardly any recognition. I salute all of us in the profession and recognize our importance in making a contribution to this generation in hopes that it will be passed on. 


Mark said...

I have a lot of the same feelings that you have about the quote by Lacocca. Although we all know that teachers have one of the best jobs in the world but I don't believe that everyone else is beneath teachers. There are a lot of important other jobs that are just as important as teachers such as counselors, clergy, coaches, etc. I know for sure your job with law enforcement is one of the most honorable jobs out there, so I don't believe that's a rational or fair statement by Lacocca.

Terry said...

I really like your post Jonathan. You have a very good insight into how important roles in society are. Your experience in law enforcement showed you the best, and worst, of people. I am quite certain of that. Iacocca's statement seems a bit perfect world-ish and you caught that.