Reflections from teaching and traveling . . .
Picture of the Month
* Apply for Grants Link Updated
More grants added that teachers can apply for (April 2013)
* Teaching Technology Link Updated
Updated with SCRATCH programming information and iPad Apps (April 2012)
* Teacher Humor Updated
* Financial FAQ For Teachers Updated
* Teaching Students with Special Needs Link Updated
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Articles of the Week to Mull Over & Ponder
The Washington Post: Eighth grader designs standardized test that slams standardized tests (April 2013)
Quote from article: "Since the 1980s, the main driver of Finnish education policy has been the idea that every child should have exactly the same opportunity to learn, regardless of family background, income, or geographic location. Education has been seen first and foremost not as a way to produce star performers, but as an instrument to even out social inequality."
Together for Jackson County Kids Blog: Gender Bullying (Dec. 2011)
My Teaching Philosophy
A few points:
1) Teaching involves the emotional, social, and intellectual development of the student. Students do not just learn content; they learn how to grow as persons.
2) To me, good teaching is student-centered, permitting the student to work through his or her creative thinking process.
3) The good teacher is always patient and persistent, never giving up on the student. Each student is unique and can succeed step by step, little by little, with the right encouragement and support.
4) Learning happens inside and outside the classroom. Within a structured classroom setting, students learn how to be socially conscious members of society and informed, critical thinkers.
5) The classroom experience ought to be safe, fun, rigorous, challenging, and inspiring.
6) Learning requires making mistakes. Do not be afraid to make mistakes.