Those Who Can, Do, and Those Who Can't, Teach?!
Devaluation of Teaching Profession - Not an Option! Either for Teachers or Parents!
I don't have the slightest idea who came up with this idea, but somehow it turned into one of those cliches you hear on daily basis. And one of those which devalues teaching as a profession.
In the meantime, those who use this cliché conveniently forget one simple truth: If you showed any interest whatsoever during your school years, teachers were the ones who pushed you to see your limits and possibilities.
Teachers are the ones who helped you become the person you are today!
What Exactly Teachers Do?
Taylor Mali is today a professional poet but he used to be a teacher himself.After being asked by a lawyer for an honest answer to the question, "You're a teacher Taylor--what do you make?" (aka earn), he decided to write a poem about the roles and responsibilities of teachers.
Taylor Mali is currently on a mission to create 1,000 new teachers through poetry, persuasion, and perseverance. So far, he's got 372.
Please, take a look at this video clip before moving down the page!
What's Your Opinion on This Matter? - Agree or disagree when you hear the sentence:
Those Who Can, Do, and Those Who Can't, Teach?!
Another Cliche - Teachers Work 5 hours a Day at Most!
I have heard different people with different backgrounds saying to my husband who happens to be a teacher: "You are overpaid - you work like 5 hours a day!" And this is so untrue! Those people don't know and don't care about the numerous nights he stayed awake preparing everything for a school project before an upcoming holiday or some other integrated project.
There is so much teachers do behind the closed doors of their homes! They have to prepare to be able to stand in front of the kids and teach! Teaching is not just talking! School lessons have to have a flow, a structure and rarely would any teacher come to class unprepared! But this many parents don't see or count as working hours!
Calling all Teachers!
Help me break these cliches!
Teacher's Poll: How many hours a day you spend preparing for your class?
We are talking here about an average hours you spend each day for preparation for class, including paperwork, rating papers, checking homework, etc. And we're talking about teachers with full-time job!
I spend preparing for class...
Why We Teach by Sonia Nieto
Why teach? Listen to the voices of both veteran and new teachers as they share their most heartfelt and thoughtful replies to this simple but important question. Sonia Nieto, a distinguished teacher in her own right, has gathered the insights and inspirations of K-12 classroom teachers as they examine how and why they find purpose and value in the work they do. The teachers in this book, like so many across the country, do the kind of work that may not grab headlines but is far more important than even the highest test score: These teachers listen closely to their students. They share in their students' struggles and successes. They create a classroom climate that encourages growth, direction, and purpose. They help students develop into thoughtful, engaged citizens. The teachers in this book show us the kinds of learning that really matter, and the kinds of lessons that students can take with them for their entire lives. This inspirational book focuses on the quintessential values of teaching, challenges current notions that focus on only accountability, testing, and standardization, and provide a compelling message of hope for public education.
Stand for the Best: What I Learned after Leaving My Job as CEO of H&R Block to Become a Teacher and Founder of an Inner-City Charter School by Thomas M.Bloc
Thirteen years ago, Tom Bloch was CEO of H&R Block, the groundbreaking tax organization. The son of the company's founder, he was a happily married 41-year-old executive, but something was missing from his life. After a nineteen-year career at the company, Bloch resigned his position to become a math teacher in an impoverished inner-city section of Kansas City. Stand for the Best reveals Bloch's struggles to make a difference for his marginalized students and how he eventually co-founded a successful charter school, University Academy.
See Me After Class: Advice for Teachers by Teachers
This is the book that will save rookies' souls when they lose the strength to save their classrooms. With tales from more than one hundred veterans from across the country, teachers everywhere will find themselves laughing, maybe crying, and definitely taking notes. Readers at the toughest schools will be relieved to find a resource that deals specifically with their struggles instead of insisting that all teaching situations are the same. This is the book that will keep the great teachers of the future from quitting before they become great.
Many new teachers have been waiting for someone to break the "stay positive!" code and talk about the parts of the job that make teachers question their career choices. While other books cover the eyes of readers to keep from scaring them, this one asks teachers to be brutally honest about how tough teaching truly is and whether the rewards are still worth it. The answer is yes.
Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire
In a Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by guns, gangs, and drugs, there is an exceptional classroom known as Room 56. The fifth graders inside are first-generation immigrants who live in poverty and speak English as a second language. They also play Vivaldi, perform Shakespeare, score in the top 1 percent on standardized tests, and go on to attend Ivy League universities. Rafe Esquith is the teacher responsible for these accomplishments.
From the man whom The New York Times calls "a genius and a saint" comes a revelatory program for educating today's youth. In Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire!, Rafe Esquith reveals the techniques that have made him one of the most acclaimed educators of our time. The two mottoes in Esquith's classroom are "Be Nice, Work Hard," and "There Are No Shortcuts." His students voluntarily come to school at 6:30 in the morning and work until 5:00 in the afternoon. They learn to handle money responsibly, tackle algebra, and travel the country to study history. They pair Hamlet with rock and roll, and read the American classics. Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire! is a brilliant and inspiring road map for parents, teachers, and anyone who cares about the future success of our nation's children.
© 2009 Mihaela Vrban