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
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teacher facilitates learners’ use of current tools and resources to maximize content learning in varied contexts.
teacher engages learners in questioning and challenging assumptions and approaches in order to foster innovation and problem solving in local and global contexts.
teacher develops learners’ communication skills in disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts by creating meaningful…
Having concluded what, upon reflection, would have been the way to address the situation I can produce an action plan for the next time the same situation arises.
By applying this reflective practice cycle to similar situations the outcome should be steady, gradual improvement, associated with stimulating personal and professional growth, and closing the gap between theory and practice.
My reflection below describes a critical incident involving my 17 year…
teaching experiences in the complicated reality between two extremes in his book Holler If You Hear Me: The Education of a Teacher and His Students. Many people hear about the horror stories, portrayed by the media mainly, that schools in urban America are nothing short of chaos; uneducated and uninterested kids. Then there are other stories that are rarely heard of, about the one teacher who makes the difference in such a school. Michie’s account in his book skillfully avoids the simplification either…
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Competency 12 [InTasc std. 12] - The teacher understands the process of continuous lifelong learning, the concept of making learning enjoyable, and the need for a willingness to change when the change leads to greater student learning and development. (Teaching Scholar, Educational Leader)
Candidate: Trey Lee
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“When it comes to the American classroom, the bad news is that it can be a reflection of society.” (Savage, 1999, p.5) The good news for teachers, according to Savage, is that students have a tendency seek a refuge of security and safety. In addition, students can thrive in a classroom that provides an atmosphere that encourages positive expression. As a newly hired junior high school math teacher, I realize that there are many benefits to building personal relationships with my students. Junior…
Native American reflection paper
NATIVE AMERICAN REFLECTION PAPER
The native American Indians are indigenous people to this country are slowly fading away. Lack of sensitivity to their culture and their point of view of Americans is slowly witling away at their languages and culture. Many languages have disappeared and some others are at the brink of extinction, with only one or two tribal members still speaking their native tong. Such is compounded by mainstream…
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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…
disabilities, students with different learning styles and gifted students.
I as a teacher will teach the classroom what diversity means and how it is manifested in their own classroom. For student in the classroom to understand lesson you have to choose different students who will represent such diversity and then highlight how each of this students adds something valuable and unique to the classroom.…
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Baker, P. B. (2005). The impact of cultural biases on African American students' education: A review of research literature regarding race-based schooling. Education and Urban Society, 37(3), 243–256.
Boykin, A. W., Tyler, K. M., & Miller, O. A. (2005). In search of cultural themes and their…