Supervision. Cleaning. Teacher-Student Relationship. Curriculum.
Pearls of Wisdom - Donna Marie Baratta
Nurses and doctors are having a hard time now with Covid-19. They are the heroes that many people know about. Now, is the time to turn to our other everyday heroes and those are what we call "teachers". Teachers are the educators of today and tomorrow. Teachers are taking time to shape the brain of your child, so they can grow up to be successful. Every teacher has a goal to set your child up for success. They mold the minds of tomorrow, they are in the process of creating the next prime minister, the next nurse, the next inventor, the next doctor, the next Nobel prize winner. Those successes happen because of a teacher a child cannot do that on their own. Of course your child is motivated to be great but the teacher is the person that keeps your child motivated to finish at the top. They are the unsung every day heroes that we forget to thank. I think that parents are finally realizing how hard it is to be a teacher. They often drop off their child at school and head off for work and do not see them until the end of the day. During the school day the teacher checks your child's science homework, checks their English essay, and helps them out with whatever math problem they have, teachers are the people who are willing to skip their lunch to help out a child who needs assistance in a subject. Teachers are the ones that children go to to get help with their calculus homework in the early morning. The teacher most likely does not like getting up early to get to school, but they do it anyways in case a student walks in hoping to get help with a problem they cannot solve.
Grading student work is an on-going headache that every teacher faces repeatedly. There is no way to be a teacher and not assess student work, but there are ways to speed up the process so that you are as efficient with your time as you can possibly while still providing feedback.
The role of an educator may not necessarily be the most cushy out there.
Have you every wondered what your teacher is really thinking? What about your substitute teacher? As a former teacher, now stay-at-home-mom, and current sub, I think I have experienced nearly all of the struggles of subbing. As a sub, you never know what you are walking into or how the day is going to go. Sometimes it is a fun adventure and other times you are counting the minutes until your day is over. Continue on to read an example of some of the thoughts likely to run through a substitute teacher's head on a given day.
Remember as you went through university, your lecturers spoke about teaching like they all knew you would have a future in teaching? They spoke about teaching philosophies like you could readily remember what yours was at any time. They expected you to grasp learning theories and apply them to practices or connect them to teaching and learning models. You were constantly expected to discuss and justify the best approaches in seminars and have debates to see multiple views of education.
You were everything I needed in my life at the time. Su casa, felt like mi casa— a place that let me escape. I felt safe and protected to be me, where I felt comfortable exploring unfamiliar mediums. Your classroom was my refuge.
Teaching is a good lark for the work-shy, some say. Little physical labour, not much mental work either after the first year when you’ve got your lesson plans all done, and there’s a short working day with 12 weeks’ annual leave and you get a fulltime salary. Perhaps some teachers do take up the profession with an easy life in mind, but I know one Australian teacher who didn’t.
COVID-19 may have put a dent in the Marymount Manhattan College spring semester, but that isn't stopping Erin Greenwell from encouraging students to showcase their artwork and make social change. As soon as it was announced my NYC college would switch to online learning, Erin emailed a message to the entire community asking for drawings to be sent to the women of the Bedford Hills College Program: an organization that allows incarcerated women to receive an accessible college education while still carrying out their sentences at Bedford Hills. Below is a video Erin made about the program...
I found myself staring into the illumination of the computer screen's white background completely void of any form of literature for days on end, pondering just how could I possibly transition decades of purely delightful memories and emotion of this truly awe-inspiring woman. In any case, without further ado, I suppose I should start from the beginning, approximately 18 years ago.