Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Gun Violence

Gun violence....not something I or any other current educator thought they would have to worry about inside the classroom. But here we are, two months into 2018 and guns have been brought to a school by a student to cause harm to themselves or others...45 times. Are our teacher educator programs truly preparing future teachers for their future classrooms?

What can we do about it? As a student, and potential future educator what do you think should be done about it?  Do you think teachers should carry guns? Do you think there should be metal detectors at every door?  What can you do to make your students, sitting your classroom feel safe?

Please post your response to the comments by 11:59 pm Monday, February 26, 2018.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Culture in the Classroom

Being a teacher is more than teaching reading, writing, and math. It's about creating responsible young adults. It is about making sure they know about the world around them. Creating a culturally aware classroom is something that, we as teachers, must be sure we are doing on a daily basis. Connecting with culture is more than just race, it is about being aware of someone's unique identity.

Read this article about how this teacher connects with culture in her classroom. Connecting with culture to push through tough times 

How does your teacher connect with culture in their classroom? What are some things you could do in your future classroom that is not already listed in this article?

Please post your response to the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, February 16, 2018.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Winter Break Woes

Sometimes, getting back into the swing of things after a break like a winter break can be difficult for a teacher and their students.

Ask your mentor teacher what their strategy is for getting students back to work.

Post your response in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, February 2nd.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Students at Risk

What are the characteristics of teachers who effectively meet the needs of students placed at risk? Which of those characteristics do you possess? How can you develop those characteristics more fully as you progress through your teacher education program?

Post your response to the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 26th.


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Happiness

Benjamin Franklin suggested that education is "the surest foundation" for happiness. To what extent do you agree or disagree with Franklin's statement?

Post your response to the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 12th.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Meeting "America’s Educator"

Ron Clark has been called “America’s Educator.” In 2000 he was named Disney’s American Teacher of the Year. He is a New York Times bestselling author, whose book, The Essential 55, has sold over 1 million copies and has been published in 25 different countries. He has been featured on The Today Show, CNN, and Oprah. Ms. Winfrey even named him as her first “Phenomenal Man.” His classes have been honored at the White House on three separate occasions. Ron’s teaching experiences in New York City are the subject of the uplifting film, The Ron Clark Story, starring Matthew Perry.

Ron Clark and Kim Bearden met in 2000 when Disney honored them both as Teachers of the Year. They became fast friends as they shared their passion for students and creative teaching. In the fall of 2004, Clark and Bearden met to hold a serious discussion about something that they had casually chatted about numerous times over the previous five years: Clark wanted to start a school of his own - one that would be unlike any other. At that time, the school had no name, no funding, and no facility. However, Clark and Bearden’s vision for the institution were tangible from the very start-- they shared common beliefs and ideas, and they knew that they were called to move forward. Bearden gave Clark her word that she would help him with the endeavor, and the dream began.

The Ron Clark Academy (RCA) is a highly-acclaimed, nonprofit middle school located in Southeast Atlanta. The Academy has received both national and international recognition for its success in educating students with academic rigor, passion, and creativity balanced by a strict code of discipline. Our 5th - 8th-grade students represent various socio-economic and academic backgrounds and communities from across the metro region.

If you had the opportunity to meet Ron Clark, what five questions would you ask him?

Post your response in the comments by 11:59pm, Friday, December 15th.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Children's Stories

Children’s stories have always been special and the source of stimulation of the imagination. They generate creativity and unique storytelling. Stories allow children a connection to people and the world. Reading allows children a safe place to learn and be entertained. Stories provide an avenue to explore new ideas, morals and promote intellectual development.


Thinking about children's stories and why we use them in school, answer the following questions.


is wise to teach young children morals because _________________________.

Educators have the responsibility to enforce morals in their classrooms because ___________________.

The benefits of reading to children include ____________________.

My favorite book to read as a child was _____________________because _____________________.


Post your game example (name and description/objective) in the comments by 11:59 pm on Friday, December 8th.

Gun Violence

Gun violence....not something I or any other current educator thought they would have to worry about inside the classroom. But here we are, ...