Monday, August 26, 2013
Today I celebrate my 8th first day of school as a teacher! This year I get to watch timid 9th graders as they navigate through schedules that don't follow their homerooms, rush to lockers on the other side of the building during a 5 minute transition, and greet a few familiar faces, but mostly unfamiliar ones. Ahhh, 9th grade....I really could've lived without it lol.
Thursday, June 6, 2013
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Thursday, May 30, 2013
It is this kind of love for our students that drives us as we raise and teach "other people's children". Moreover, this is why true educators who are dedicated to their profession are looking so forward to summer recess!!!
Good and Prosperous Morning Educators!
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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Friday, May 17, 2013
The addiction to teaching comes from the fact that we do "reap what (we) sow!" Educators seldom know how the "seeds" we plant will harvest. Will they learn how to think critically? Will they be able to create, be an asset to their community and their families? Have I really helped my students reach their full potential and realize their goals BEYOND state test scores? Will they be true, active American citizens or politicians' and cooperations' sheep or worse yet, mules? Will they be self-reliant and at peace? Our interaction with our students fully immerses us in what and where they are coming from while compelling us to relentlessly focus on what they might be and where they might go if just given the proper education, environment and nurturing.
So imagine how proud the educators of Philadelphia are right now to know that our students protested by the thousands against budget cuts and school closings. Our students' march caused traffic delays and blockages. This time, they cut class so that class would still be there when they returned!
I wonder did legislators and local school officials really think that our children were going to stand by and watch school after school close and program after program be denied funding. Our children are listening, watching and experiencing the school districts and their cities financial priorities. And as for critical thinking !!!!! One of my students asked the most profound question today! "If whatever the army needs or even doesn't need is funded, then why not fund whatever the school district needs to give the best to its students?"
Be encouraged, educators! Our children are paying attention ! Legislators and public school officials. . . beware; our children are observing what your true priorities are!