American Teacher The documentary American Teacher takes a deeper look inside the classrooms, buildings, and offices of these super heroes in education system called teachers. American Teacher tells the combined story by and about those closest to the issues in our educational system, the 3.2 million professional educators who spend every day in classrooms across the United States educating the adolescent minds. Through this film, it shares information about educational experts, student interviews, and documents day-by-day videos of struggling public school teachers. Why is it that our own people take for granted the gift of learning? Especially when there are people in the world who aren’t privilege to be educated. Why aren’t we valuing our strongest, most committed, and most effective teachers? How can the teachers teach if they aren’t supported? How will this effect how our children learn and the future of this country. Will the educational system only get worst? I found it unpleasant knowing that Erik Benner, the teacher from Texas who became a salesman and Jonathan Dearman who became a realtor, faded away from the profession due to compensation. It’s depressing when an ex-teacher is making more money selling cell phones than he was being a teacher. Jonathan Dearman story was one that touched me the most because he is a local guy from the Bay Area. He is someone who is only 45 miles away from home. From the interview of his previous student, he touched he life and he meant a lot to her. I remembered in the documentary she had loss someone dearly to her and Jonathan went out his way to find her number just to give her a call and ask if she needed anything. When students could appreciate you as a human being and you can have that relationship with your students, being in this profession is valuable. However, going from a profession that should have enough compensation and going into realty you ask yourself if hustling for a paycheck is greater than this profession? I am also asking myself if this is worth it, and what is in it for me? Knowing teachers are fearless, they embrace their students and the curriculum. Teachers know their students, they know how they learn, they know where they come from, and they will not accept that a student cannot achieve greatness. That is why we are in it. A teacher will ask uncomfortable and dangerous questions, like “why are more students of color failing in schools?” or “why am I sending more lower-income students to detention?” or “ why are minorities the highest population in incarceration?” Others who are finding ways to increase the value of education and awareness, is Microsoft. This company has…
Classroom Observation and Reflection Paper
Nadya A. Carlisle
SS 203 03
Historical & Cultural Foundations of Education
November 26, 2012
Will Smith, Ph. D.
I observed Ms. Utroska’s first grade class at Durant Public School in Durant, Ms, where I am also employed. With me being a teacher myself I was anxious to see different tricks and routine that were used in others teachers or my fellow co-workers. Mrs. U is one of those teachers that you would love to see how she…
woodshop teacher. I’ve been teaching for 5 years so far and everything is always the same year after year. Since the three months of summer vacation is gone, it’s time to go back teaching my regular 6th grade woodshop class. This morning, I started my day with an egg muffin from McDonald’s which is my all-time favorite. When I reached the parking lot at Marston, I parked my car tired and desperate for some more sleep. As walking into the teacher’s lounge, I was greeted by other teachers with welcomes…
Connor L. Macdonald
I’m interested to join Teacher Cadet Program next year because I’ve always known the teaching profession would be my career path. It seems only natural to enrol as a Teacher Cadet to give my career as an educator a head start. It will be extremely beneficial to my future studies to have a hands-on background in teaching. I feel it will open up more possibilities and introduce me to the many aspects of the education system.
positive relationships with the people that are hurt by the student’s actions.
* Teachers do not nag, rescue, warn, or make decisions for students. Instead, teachers offer support and suggestions.
* Fred Jones:
* Main reasons for student misbehavior: “student passivity, general aimlessness, and massive time wasting” (Jones, p.120).
* 6 things effective teachers perform:
* Make maximum use of classroom time: establish routine, structure, rules…
“Identity formation is a dual process of identification and negotiation of meanings” (Tsui, 2007). I used to think that identification is endowed by oneself. But Tsui’s article makes me reflect my journey of being an English teacher and found that my identity is affected by the surrounded students and the educational context.
The first attempt of teaching English was being sort of a tutor of my younger cousins by chance. English is my strength among all the subjects in my high…
The idea I agree with most in Postman is the “Law of Diversity”. I agree with his idea that diversity leads to growth through the creation of high standards set by individuals from all parts of the world and different ways of life. The idea of what is “good” is not diminished by diversity but leads to an expanded idea of what is “good”. Solving diversity issues as they relate to language has become a problem as a growing number of ESL students emerge in our schools. The common…
over the world that have problems with concentrating in class. Many of these kids do not know what to do, due to the lack of information that teachers and parents have. With simple tips teachers and parents will understand and know what to do when a child has problems concentrating at school and school work in general.
Some useful information for teachers is that they may notice a shift in the concentration levels by the middle of the school year for most four and five year olds (Booth). Kids begin…
02.02 Career Path Chart
Career path 1:Teacher
Career path: Plumber
To plan, organize and implement an appropriate instructional program in a learning environment that guides and encourages students to develop and fulfill their academic potential.
Responsible for installing, repairing and maintaining pipes, fixtures and other plumbing used for water distribution and waste water disposal in residential, commercial and industrial…
February 10, 2015
In my research paper, I focused on corporal punishment in Nigerian schools and the effects of it
on academic success in adolescents. In the beginning, I was actually interested on the topic of
interracial relationships, but I thought that people might think of it as a boring topic. After
hearing of the topic on corporal punishment, I thought it would be interesting to learn about its
potentially positive or negative effects.
ESL Teacher Interview
Dr. Glenn Tracy
My person that I interviewed is very unique besides being a very good teacher. She had received the honor of being selected ‘Teacher of the Year” a few years back here at Perkins County Schools (Grant, NE), so I knew her methods and strategies were tried and true. She has several different hats in our school system with English Language Learner (ELL) being just one part. She was asked to work with/for me in this program with…