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October 17, 2007 at 6:05 pm Leave a comment

The Teacher’s World           The Teacher’s World

“Today is the first day of class, children. You can stay in the seat you are sitting in until you talk to your neighbor. THEN I will move you. I am the master of this classroom: I’m the boss- the chief- the head honcho- the big cheese. That’s right I run the show! Hey you! The plaid shirt staring out the window! Are you listening?”

The disheveled boy twisted toward the front of the classroom with wide eyes. “Huh! What’d ya say?”

“See That’s what I mean! LISTEN! LISTEN TO EVERYTHING I HAVE TO SAY BECAUSE IT IS IMPORTANT! YOU HEAR ME!”

There was a pause as the teacher’s eyes searched the faces of the classroom. 

“Hand up. What do you want?”

” Are we suppose to take notes?” The preppy dressed girl said with a smile.

“Not now..” The teacher whined. “I’ll tell you when.”

Sound at all familiar? I have been a teacher for too long. Too many years making the same opening remarks. I didn’t follow this teacher’s tack of being the boss. I did at one time. I was the tough guy. New teachers are warned. “Be sure to set the rules right from the beginning. Let those kids know who’s the boss or you’ll be in trouble.” Probably good advice for the neophyte teacher. The teacher must be in control of the classroom and learning is the business of a classroom. It can be a relaxed business atmosphere but the teacher must be in charge and there is the business of learning that needs to be addressed.

This blog is for parents, politicians, students and teachers. It is about teachers and learning. It is about the influences that affect education. It is about what should be and what shouldn’t be. It is about teachers, students, learning, standards, testing, politicians, schools, and everything else! Like any good teacher I don’t have the answers. I can only guide you on your journey to find the answers and become enlightened. Learning is an internal process. It is change in thinking, habits and attitudes. There must be questions in order to seek out answers. Learning occurs not with the answer but with the changes that occur as one seeks the answer. Teachers are great resourses. They are like encyclopedias, they have all the answers. If they yield the answer each time the pupil asks a question, what have has the pupil learned. This pupil learned that if you have a question go to the teacher to get the answer. If this is what we veiw learning as, then we have a serious problem.  

We will attempt to tackle some problems that confront education in this very complicated world. Everyone has an answer. As a student we don’t need to seek the answer, there already there. All we need do is to take one and we are done. That’s the easy path. However, as learned  individuals we are faced with all these solutions. It is necessary to examine the means and realable sources that were used to reach the answer.

Life is filled with choices. Good teaching leads to good learning which leads to better decision making which leads to better choices. Better choices lead to happier and healtier lifestyles. Isn’t that what is all about?

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