Sunday, April 8, 2012

Blog Post 10

Do you Teach or Do you Educate?
to educate

Starting off my Journey I did not want to be an educator. As a little girl I always wanted to be a doctor and help people. Even when I got to college I was stuck on that track of mind. Suddenly it hit me, I thought, “Is this what I truly want to spend the rest of my life doing:” In my heart I believe my true career was always there. I have always told my mom after her sickness “I want to help people.” Being a naive young woman I did not think about the other ways I can do so. I see many children that look like they just want someone to listen to them.
Being very active in the Youth department at church, I have been around different age groups. It puts a smile on my face every time I say something that makes them smile. I plan to educate by being not only a teacher but a counselor, and a friend. I see many teachers today that focus on lecturing boring notes rather than getting to know students. There are so many parents out there that are ignoring children instead of reaching out to them. Being noticed and having someone listen when they talk makes a child feel special. Every time I see a child I ask them questions such as “How was your day?”, or “How was school?” I want to be that teacher that put there students learning abilities before the state standards. There are a lot of children just crying for attention and looking for it in the wrong place. I feel if the parents are not taking there part the teacher should try to help ease the situation.

Don't Let Them Take Pencils Home

In the post “Don’t Let Them Take the Pencils Home” there is an argument about why kids should not take them home. I believe Mr. Johnson’s approach to the situation was very well thought of. Instead of making a big fuss about the situation he thought of a more reasonable way to tackle it. Gertrude, the School Curriculum Instructional Interventionist Academic Specialists argues that taking pencils home result to low test scores. How is this true? I believe Tom was right to question Gertrude’s statement after reading one research. I believe that even a game such as hangman can be used as a learning opportunity rather then a waste of time. This game could be easily used as a vocabulary and spelling lesson.
It was funny how he fought the argument with sarcastic reasons, making Gertrude think about what she was saying. Such as not taking pencils home because they will stab themselves in the scrotum or damage of property. This was an excellent way to argue with someone and put them in there place. I think Tom believes that if students can take bubble test using a pencil they should be able to entertain themselves also. Things will not just happen magically why not as future educators we find ways children can learn at home as well as in school and enjoy doing so.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Magan!
    I enjoyed reading your post! I agree with you on so many levels, such as being available when students want to talk. Every student wants that someone who is willing to listen. I can honestly say that I did not have an easy life, and when I went to school, I bonded with my teachers. I was known as a "teacher's pet", but in my case, that really wasn't it. I was just so comfortable with talking to certain teacher's and that made it easier to cope with all of the other problems that were going on. That is why I agreed with you on the fact that being there and lending an ear for just a moment or two can make a difference. That is why I will strive to be that teacher that students want to remember. Also, in the argument between Mr. Johnson and Gertrude, I like how Mr. Johnson supported his arguments in the various situations. Did you get the metaphor? Overall, Great Post:)