A Great Start

The academic year has just started and already we have some great blog posts from the 2012 EdTech Cohort. The professional reflection and passion highlighted in these post will be of great service to these teacher candidates as the enter the profession.
What a great start to the year.

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How do you want to make a difference?

We were asked in class on Tuesday "How do you want to make a difference" after watching the "What Teachers Make?" video. I've been thinking about it the past few days. I have decided this is quite a hard question because teachers can make a difference in so many ways. Every student connects with their teacher differently. A teacher is the single adult that a student sees most often beside their own parents. They are the people that a student relies on for answers.

I have decided I want students to feel comfortable in my classroom. I want give them words of wisdom that they can carry with them for the rest of their lives. I want to be that teacher that they think back on in 20 years and quote those words of wisdom to their friends and loved ones. A principal I had in elementary school had a quote, "I am IALAC" which meant "I am lovable and capable". Everyday he would recite this to us and have us recite it back to him, "How are you today Amelia?" he would ask and I would always answer, "I am IALAC sir". This saying has stayed with me my entire life. That is how I want to make a difference.

I want to make students question what they think is Truth. Critical pedagogy makes students second guess the ideologies that they assume is typical and normal. I want to incorporate critical literacy into my lesson plans. I want my students to make their own capital T Truth. I want them to be question, criticise, and analyse information and think "Hm, I never thought of it that way". That is how I want to make a difference.

 I want to promote kindness, empathy, and compassion. I want students to feel unique and be proud of that feeling. I want to create a classroom of equality and acceptance. I want to promote anti-bullying campaigns (Educators Against Bullying) and show my students how  important it is to treat people with respect. That is how I want to make a difference.

What does society expect from its teachers?

By Jamie Gibson
Fabulous question from cohort yesterday! What does society expect from its teachers? I believe that society expects teachers to be multi-dimensional. Teachers are responsible for educating the future, socializing them to fit into society, and preparing them to fit the role of active and participating citizens. Society expects compassion for their children, dedication to their success, and continuous commitment to their growth and development.

Society respects the role of the teacher as a professional and demands that professionalism be maintained outside the boundaries of school. Teachers are highly valued and respected within the community and therefore need to dress and act appropriately, as well as manage their online presence. Nothing is more important than preserving the respect of colleagues, students and parents and therefore teachers are expected to filter their lives accordingly.

Teachers make a tremendous impact on the lives of their students by fostering and developing their academic skills but are also expected to perform the duties of caregivers, psychologists, social workers, friends, and nurturers.

What does society expect from its teachers? Loyalty to their profession, commitment to their students.

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