The Statue of Liberty stands tall in the New York Harbor, still broadcasting a simple but important message. “Welcome.” But in the last few years, that nation-defining message has been obscured by those who would ignite the embers of fear and hatred. Too often, even those who enter this country legally to pursue their individual dream and then be a collective part of the American Dream are met with suspicion, enmity and sometimes even violence.
She said “I’m going to weed you out” and my breath stopped in my throat.
“Some people arrive and make such a beautiful impact on your life, you can barely remember what life was like without them,” by Anna Taylor. A person can impact you in many ways. In Taiwan’s elementary school, we have the same homeroom teacher every two years. I met a person who opened my horizons after four years in elementary school. Before I got up to 5th grade, I think school really is just for fun and meet some new friends, nothing more. However, everything changes after I met this teacher who name is “Chen Bo Han.” Ever since then, my view changed. He broadens my scope of mind, my knowledge, my habit, and my vision to the world; he is more than just a homeroom teacher, he is also my coach and my mentor.
Today, with the world fearing the new deadly disease, Coronavirus is spreading like wildfire. Majority of the people are taking it on a lighter note because they aren't aware of its effects. Yet, several institutes have initiated the act of spreading awareness in the form of basic facts and history about the virus. If we look at it closely, youngsters mostly school going students are prone to getting infected, including older aged people. Both of them tend to be less careful and are more exposed to germs. For students, teachers around the UK are trying to educate them and teach them about basic preventive measures.
Before the dominance of English, Arabic, Mandarin and most other dominant lingua francas present in the world today, there existed the lesser developed but ever flourishing Indo European language of the ancient Greeks. This archaic society had a knack and for mathematics, architecture, and especially philosophy. The latter being the most surprising, as well as impressive, considering how intricate, evolved, and precise their ideas were made out to be with such a limited vocabulary. Those who lived in Ancient Greece learned to communicate to each other effortlessly, as one would normally do when acquiring their native tongue, with words that contained thoughts that were rather vague. In terms of learning a language, stressing the importance of establishing a level of communication (i.e. being able to carry along any sort of conversation and having a good understanding of how the language works), the next step of proficiency becomes quite easy to achieve. A child doesn’t learn the basic foundations of grammar of his native language before learning to say his first few words. Acquiring a foreign language is a process which is made out to be a task which is difficult, if not inefficient in an exclusively monolingual society such as ours, though it is one that can be made simple and effective when the right principles and study habits are developed and employed.
Well, William Shakespeare embarked on writing his sequence of 154 sonnets during an outbreak of plague. If that’s not inspiring during this time, I honestly don’t know what is.
While teaching at Public School 24, I have witnessed JANINE Ernestine Brown as an amazing teacher and leader through her commitment to the effort for educational equity. She instructs in a fashion that enables her students to close the achievement gap. She used data to drive instruction while also setting ambitious goals for student achievement aligned to her high expectations. Ms. Brown used culturally relevant instruction to address the diverse learners in her classroom. What I enjoyed the most about working alongside her is Janine’s ability to engage all students through building healthy relationships and effective teaching practices.
Working in education has been a huge rollercoaster for me. There have been so many emotions over the years between so many situations but one thing is always for certain. I wouldn’t give up education for anything. Being that the job I currently have was my first time working in education every year after that was filled with meaningful lessons in addition to a lot of clarity.
When you're young, you have no idea who inspires you to become greater than what you realize you are. You're focused on your friends, your favorite toys, and what you enjoy doing. You don't think about who inspires you to change your life and pursue something that you'd never even really dreamed of.
I didn't just quit teaching.