I'm a teacher - I'm in, as are all the others I know.
Do you really think a teacher could stand in front of a high school class with every student having a laptop in hand and NOT utilize it for learning, enriching, discovering, and becoming tech savvy. Can you imagine what that would be like?
The thing about standing in front of a classroom full of kids every day - they will make your life miserable if you aren't prepared with engaging, worthwhile, relevant lessons. They won't do it in a mean way, or intentionally even, but a group of kids will have their minds occupied and as the teacher, you are the one that wants to choose what that will be. Teachers who aren't prepared don't last long in the classroom just because it's such a bad experience.
When that bell rings and the students look up at you, the question in their eyes is - "What are we going to do for the next 90 minutes." And if the teacher isn't ready to fill that time in a worthwhile way, they will find a way to fill it.
When a teacher is prepared, teaching is one of the best jobs in the world; when a teacher is not prepared - not so good.
Do you really think a teacher can get away with meaningless worksheets? (Not all worksheets are meaningless - some can be quite good with very creative strategies, but I take it from your tone that your experience is not with meangingful worksheets.)
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Man has no nobler function than to defend the truth.
It may be nobler, but in todays criminal justice system, it is a whole heluva lot cheaper to cop a plea! As a matter of fact, try to find an attorney who actually gives a shit about going to court and defending the truth...
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
On the first day, God created the dog and said, 'Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.'
The dog said, 'That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?'
So God agreed.
On the second day, God created the monkey and said, 'Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span.'
The monkey said, 'Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the Dog did?'
And God agreed.
On the third day, God created the cow and said, 'You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years.'
The cow said, 'That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?'
And God agreed again.
On the fourth day, God created man and said, 'Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years.'
But the man said: 'Only twenty years? Could you possibly give me my twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?'
'Okay,' said God, 'You asked for it.'
So that is why for our first twenty years we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves; for the next forty years we slave in the sun to support our family; for the next ten years we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren; and for the last ten years we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.
Life has now been explained to you.
This has been a public service announcement by Denney Crane, no further appreciation is deemed necessary.
Monday, August 9, 2010
The life that conquers is the life that moves with a steady resolution and persistence toward a predetermined goal. Those who succeed are those who have thoroughly learned the immense importance of plan in life, and the tragic brevity of time.