While reading Journal 1 of The Alternative and reflecting on the assignment giving, memories of teachers flooded through my mind. I am unabashed to admit that I believed some teachers to be poor at their job, and have more than once thought that perhaps this wasn’t the correct career path for them. One such teacher was my 7th and 8th grade science teacher, who believed public shaming to be the preferable way of teaching adolescents. When a student would answer a question wrong in class he couldn’t help but laugh as well as bring it up throughout the lesson, refusing to let the student move past their mistake. He chose to
At the end of the day, this new teacher sits down at her desk – for what seems like the first time that day and begins to reflect back on the
Shadow Day Journal On October 27, I, along with Jenna Mrofchak and Andy Norton, shadowed multiple teachers at the Chagrin Falls Middle School. During the day, I shadowed Mrs. Mrofchak, a life science teacher, Mrs. Bauer, a world history teacher, Mrs. Dennison, a health teacher, and Mr. Richmond, a english teacher. Throughout Mrs. Mrofchak’s first period class, I was able to interact with the eighth grade students by answering any questions about the high school or my freshmen year. Afterwards, the class began to take notes and continue in a day to day class schedule. As a result, I was able to watch the class's reaction to the different explanations the teacher gave. Additionally, I was able to gain knowledge about how to control a classroom
Andrew “Andy” J. Stoneridge is a 3rd grade student attending Michael Valley Elementary School in Pasadena, Maryland. His homeroom teacher’s name is Ms. Julie King and in her room, are approximately 28 students. Ms. King is a general education teacher teaching the subjects reading, writing, and social studies. Andy’s other core teacher, Mr. Baker, teaches Andy math, science, and health. Mr. Baker is also a general education teacher. In each of these rooms, there are two teacher’s aides and one classroom tutor.
The five-minute warning bell goes off. I rush to my first class of my junior year, eager to see my classmates, who I was going to spend the rest of the 9 months with. I find myself stumbling into a classroom plastered with decorations of Denzel Washington with a Dr. Seuss book in his hand, a t and college flags galore. My AP English 11 class suddenly seemed so appealing to me. As a beautiful, curly haired short lady stood in front of me and said “Welcome to AP English 11,” I knew that I had found a treasure so much greater than just a pretty classroom. Little did I know, that short lady was going to inspire me throughout my challenge filled second-to-last year of high school.
Her eyes scanned the page as if she was learning to read for the first time. The more she looked, the less she understood. How could was she unable to understand something this simple? It was so simple, yet the answers still did not show themselves.The idea of failure was
Many people often can’t tell the difference between a college professor or a high school teacher, but, they are more different than they appear to be. In the article “Teachers Vs. Professors: The University's Side,” college graduates are not expected to know the teachings (Burch). This is because high school teachers gear more towards their teachings than college professors. Even though high school teachers have some similarities such as providing knowledge and grading tests, each has their own expectations of managing academic assignments, conducting classes, and the expectation of students’ responsibility.
During first period I observed Dana Bealing’s AP Calculus class. At the beginning of class Dana handed out the materials for the day. This included a project handout, a notes worksheet for the day’s lesson, and an example worksheet. During this time Dana connected with students by asking them how they dealt with the snow. She asked the students if they had any wild blizzard stories from the weekend. Dana announced to the students that there were going to be changes to the assignments due to the snow. She also took this time to tell the students that they needed to complete the final exam revisions if they had not already done so. These papers were handed to the students as they were walking in the classroom. The next activity included a
The patterns we had created on the sidewalk are now nearly nonexistent as we create new ones in the opposite direction. Opening the door we enter the school and look at the clock. Third period started 10 minutes ago and we missed the bell. Entering the office we scratch our names on the check in sheet as we get passes from Ms. Pace. It is easy on her as we all are going to the same class. Heading up to our lockers Kyle receives many comments about his Cafe Rio bag and as we walk into class. Tolman looks at us with wonder glazing his eyes, but we just sit down and watch the Hobbit trilogy with the rest of the class. Kyle opens his bag and we continue our class. The lunch period has ended along with our story. Our bellies our full and our hearts are content. The bell rang before we could get back and we got another tardy. These are the prices that we pay for going out to lunch. A price well worth
Books varying from small to large are precisely organized on bookshelves that line the room while various tables and couches are scattered throughout the expansive room. One student is franticly pounding on his keyboard while the girl next to him is contemplating her thoughts, paging through her textbook while listening to her earbuds, eyeing up the Keurig in the corner of the room. Leaned back into this back aching hardwood chair, I observe the two students nearby me; they each have a different expression on their face. One is pleasured by the smell of the coffee that spilled out of the Keurig into her cup, while the other student is fixed on typing his essay, a sweat drop trickling down his face. Gazing at each student my mood changed, I
As an educator and knowing educators on all spectrums of the field, the curiosity of when Melanated people are going to start becoming more accountable for OUR children is in full effect. The teacher who was completely way out of line in Baltimore is only a pin in a haystack as to what some teachers really think or say when they go home. Wenger (1998) wrote, “The focus on the social aspect of learning is not a displacement of the person. On the contrary, it is an emphasis on the person as a social participant, as a meaning-making entity for whom the social world is a resource for constituting an identity” (p. 2).
Alina was also observed during the morning in her remedial math class. Alina was observed in the one-on-one setting. At the start of the observation, Alina entered the room appropriately with Miss D’Aniello, Alina’s remedial reading teacher, and took a seat across from her. Alina was given a math worksheet
Teaching, according to the Teacher’s Training Agency, “…is a job for those who like and respect young people” (2005). Andrew clearly from his responses, suffered during his schooling, and perhaps felt disrespected as a result of being labelled. His position as an educator a number of years later, enable him to look quite critically upon his educators, almost, one could argue with an expert eye.
My Ideal Teacher When I think about teachers that I have had in the past, several different ones come to my mind. Each of these educators stands out in my mind for a variety of diverse reasons. Whether it is their sense of
Formal education began eons ago in ancient Greece with the Academy of Athens started by Plato. Ever since the ancient relationship between Plato and his student, Aristotle, the relationship between educator and student has been an important and sacred one. Contemporary educators are some of the most important, yet some of the most underappreciated of all professionals in our society. Each student who passes through a public or private educational system creates bonds with each teacher and vice versa. The types of teacher vary from faculty to faculty, but three distinct archetypes of teacher often stick out to the public eye: the Mrs. Sullivan, the Mr. Stacy, and the Mr. Smith.