When I was a first year teacher, I vowed to myself, that no matter how busy I was, I would always take the time
to call parents and tell them something "good" their child has done and to call to share any problems I was having with a child. In one instance, I was totally taken by surprise by the response I received from a parent.
I'd like to share three experiences where a former teacher did something that made me feel uncomfortable.
Technology has given us the chance to connect any one of our teachers in the farthest corner of the world. Online training may be the new standard for many teachers. It is really a new trend in learning. By this, both the teachers and students can perform their work in a comfortable environment. However, in the case of online classes, teachers are still students.
In History, you must have read about Stone Ages. Stone tools and variance in their sizes, shapes and utility differentiated each age and the nature of the people who lived through the period. In that case, the ideal nomenclature for the 21st century would be Digital Age or Information Technology Age.
Have you heard this ‘critical literacy’ term before? I am sure you all have had, maybe in some other words. Critical literacy is considered as an important element. Critical literacy refers to the way one thinks, research or delivers the information.
For as long as I can remember, I have wanted to be a teacher. My mother has told me stories of how I used to take all my toys - my Barbie dolls, my baby dolls, and all my stuffed animals - and read to them. My favorite game to play was school, even when I was a teenager with a child of my own. When people would ask me what I wanted to do when I grew up, I would never hesitate to tell them that I wanted to be a teacher.
School is almost here and COVID-19 has changed the atmosphere as we prepare for going back to school. Some schools are opening for face to face instruction, some are going virtual, and some are doing hybrid programs. Parents are making decisions about whether to send their kids into the classroom, some are choosing virtual education, and some are choosing to homeschool. Whatever your situation is, and whatever you choose, I am not here to judge you. We made the choice that was the best for our family and I assume everyone else is doing the same. But, if you are an educator who is finding yourself suddenly in the virtual education world due to COVID-19, you may have lots of questions. I am here to hopefully help.
I am unapologetically an introvert by nature. I require a significant amount of quiet/alone time in order to perform at my peak. I am non-confrontational and often let things go unaddressed as I typically do not wish to “disrupt the peace”. I give you this background information to give you an idea of how significant the situation in this paper is to my heart as an educator, more specifically an educator who has first- hand knowledge of poverty as I come from it and by many standards I am still living in it.
Our communities are filled with new nuances and a new evolution of the mind. Family as the foundation of society has changed and society has been shaken. We need stabilizers who can help our children survive the new normalcy. They have to be armed with compassion and love for the future to win this battle within our community. We need individuals who will take the time and make a difference. And so we lift out this call to action expecting those who want to change the future for the better to come forward full and prepare to advance the agenda that will prepare all children for the long road ahead trying to figure out the future and how to make their path in their studies.
After 11 years of public school, it's easy to tell which teachers went above and beyond to make their class a positive learning environment. However, it's even easier to identify the teachers who made their classroom one to dread walking into. In this composition I'll describe the three worst teachers I've ever had and discuss why they earned that judgment.
“Wait — what’s the difference between a run-on sentence and a comma splice?”
“What year did World War I start?
“Why does this Enlightenment-era essay keep referencing a garden?