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.
Sir Ken Robinson was born in the shadow of Goodison park in Liverpool. The home of Everton Football club. One of seven children he had aspirations to play for the football team but was struck down by Polio at the age of four. Although his brother Neil played football professionally for Everton and other clubs. His Father who played semi-professional football was also injured in a work accident on the docks in Liverpool. Although as a child he was confined to bed initially he was able to attend the Margaret Beaven Special School. Then later the Liverpool Collegiate School due to his accomplishments in school. He then attended Breton Hall College of Education were he was awarded a degree in Education. Completing his Phd at the University of London researching drama and theatre in Education.
It's not the Christmas presents or the Valentine's chocolates or even the end of the year "You're the best!" mugs. Nope. Not even close. Sure those things are nice, but that's not what I think the greatest gifts are.
I remember watching the Ted Talk with Rita Pierson and sitting there thinking to myself... "YOU ARE SO RIGHT." Now maybe others have had other experiences, but I can say that I had AMAZING teachers growing up. My goal as a teacher is to give my students the best of the best and show them every single day that they are loved. I truly believe that a student who feels loved, who laughs a lot, and who feels safe is going to learn WAY more than a student who doesn't feel that way.
So what are these greatest gifts? I'll tell you.
Assessment is a process that helps converge attention towards what is essential most in education, beyond just access and support: the actual learning outcomes of each learner (National Center for Learning Disabilities, 2017; Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2010, 2013, 2016). Collecting information on where students stand in their learning and the advancement that they have made is vital to structuring procedures for the further improvement of teaching and learning (Evidence for Policy and
Practice Information, 2002). Assessment, demarcated as a “systematic process for gathering data about student achievement,” is an essential component of teaching (Dhindsa, Omar, & Waldrip, 2007, p.1361).
Imparting such data to partners over the training framework is fundamental to address data issues and bolster dynamics at the classroom, school, and education system level (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 2010, 2013, 2016). Gathering student evaluation data is fundamental to improve teaching and learning strategies and address data issues at the degree of students, parents, teachers, school leaders, policymakers, and the general public.
I attended Lincoln Terrace elementary school in Roanoke, Va. from first through fifth grades. I had the same teacher for grades four and five. Her name was Margaret Thompson. This was prior to integration and all the students and educators were African American. Ms. Thompson told us how her sister, Sharon who was in middle school at the time, cried over one B. She emphasized that we should strive to get all A’s and not settle for less. In Ms. Thompson’s class we sang folk songs and learned America the Beautiful and the Star Spangked Banner. During the Christmas season we memorized the poem The night before Christmas. We learned all the holiday classics and sang them. I can recall them to this day. I remember the old record player and how during Halloween we sang “Witches, pumpkin heads and black cats? Scary spooks and black bats ooh it’s Halloween, ooooooh'! I think of this tune every Halloween
I remember the stale look on my friends' faces when I told them that I wanted to become a teacher. I remember the dry response my mother made when I told her the same. This was no surprise to anybody that knew me. Not because they always envisioned me to be a teacher, but because I was as flighty and impulsive as can be. One day I wanted to be a counselor. I remember wanting to attend hair school. I can't forget about the time I was determined to be an esthetician. So, of course I would go to college for four and a half years majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication, only to decide during my super-senior year that I wanted to become a teacher instead.