July 14, 2012
Education Reform, Educators, Issues, Politics, Teaching, Twenty First Century Skills
edreform, Education, reflection, reform, Teaching
In my humble opinion, these are very difficult times in education. As an educator, I must take the huge responsibility to maintain the course (of study) and trail blaze new territory. The next generation must be educated in preparation for jobs that don’t exist yet. However, take note that real world connections and effective communication are two skills that are necessary, period.
I know that you’ve heard this before, but unlike my generation or the previous generation who are still in the trenches, we cannot present content in a way that it was presented to us. An overhaul or the politically correct term in education would be reform is definitely needed.
I suppose I should get more involved with this side of activism outside the classroom. This way I am able to see that students get what is required to become “productive 21st century citizens.”
Do you model what is required to be a productive 21st century citizen? Like Malcolm X eloquently expressed, “if you do not stand for something, you will fall for anything.”
November 23, 2011
Education, Educators, Innovation, Teaching
I like this guy, Ken Robinson. During this Turkey Day Break, please take a moment and see if you agree with what he has to say. (If will not play for you, you can go here to check it out.)
April 10, 2010
Education, Educators, teacher suitability, Teaching
teaching teachers education
I feel a little guilty for not blogging for over a month. Unfortunately this blog has been low priority on my totem pole of things to do. I have really been stressed out with the budget situation with my school district. Not to mention feeling the big weight on my shoulders in getting my students to excel on the upcoming state assessments. What teacher is NOT stressed out nowadays, eh?
I ran over an email discussion on teacher suitability; where it was discussed the issue teachers strong in content and yet struggle to get through to students. Here is question that was posed: Is there a way to determine in advance who has the right personality to get through to students? Can this be learned? Also, how does one judge themselves or others if they are fundamentally unsuited to be a teacher?
In my honest opinion, teaching is something everyone has the natural ability to do. So if one wants to be a teacher, LET THEM!!! One solution to “weed” people out would to integrate hands-on (not literally!) student interaction in teacher training, not just limit interaction to the praticum/student teaching. I don’t believe that this is an issue to tackle in regards to teacher suitability. I believe in what we should address is KEEPING the teachers that have proved themselves and made a difference in student lives. I have seen many great teachers that are very suited and good with their content, just leave teaching in pursuit of another career path. Teaching is kinda like working on cars. To be a good mechanic, you must know your car parts and work with what you know…
December 7, 2009
classroom, classroom_management, classroom_mgmt, Education, Teaching
After reading this article provided by my principal today, I decided to go ahead and do a little reflecting. I figured she forwarded this article to us because this style of teaching is vital in maintaining academic engagement in high-poverty schools.
I definately agree that a warm demander must enforce respect in the classroom and insist students to complete the academic tasks. But… what is warm demander? One who displays personal warmth while maintaining an instructonal style that demands achievement.
To become a warm demander, one must:
- build relationships deliberately
- learn about students’ cultures
- communicate an expectation of success
I really found it interesting that the article pin-pointed the issue of highly disengaged middle school students. These student shared that they were simply bored with the curriculum. Warm demanders must reach out to these students to make content relevant and rigorous to defeat boredom. Check out the article for yourself and discover some additional information to assist you and your students towards the pursuit of academic excellence.
March 28, 2009
Education, Educators, High-Stakes, Teaching
baltimore, believe, Education, Teaching
This week as I started watching the beginning of the fourth season of The Wire, I can’t help but to reflect on…
1. My first year of teaching in Baltimore City with real chalkboards and san air conditioning & technology (including calculators).
2. I remember back in 2002 when Mayor O’ Reilly kicked off the Baltimore Believe campaign to lift the spirits of the citizens.
Funny as we go into battle training mode for high-stakes testing, we need to BELIEVE that our students can and will achieve. Also, first year teachers at this time are probably making career decisions based on their experiences from the past eight months. They too must continue to BELIEVE in themselves that they also are important in their craft in making valuable contributions to our children; and are valued for what they do.
March 12, 2009
Education, Educators, Math
educator, Educators, Math, veteran, veterans
The above 75 year old math educator (yes, still in the classroom!!!) has truly inspired me. I stumbled upon an article in my NCAE newsletter that spotlighted her accolades and perseverance in the classroom as a fellow front-line veteran soldier for over 50 years!
From the reading, I took note of the following….
- She informally assess her students by their actions by watching their pencils, papers, and expressions. Also, she knows her limits.
- When she deals with troublesome students, she calls on a higher authority… no not the principal or superintendant, or even Obama. Dorothy calls their name before the Lord and ask Him to help her – and you know that God delivers! This is what I need to do… she seeks divine intervention with the students End-of-Grade tests. She starts asking at the beginning of the school year!
- Dorothy believes keeps it old school. No electronics, that includes the overhead or even computers. The chalkboard is king – Away with dry erase markers & boards, new text books, and calculators. Straight OG, son!
Ms. Calloway…. thank you for your many years of dedication to the craft and may the Lord continue to give you
strength to mold minds and futures.