A School Is A Dangerous Place. What do you do when one of the learners you protect, on a given school day, current student, comes in with a weapon, attempting to do damage to other students, teachers, or staff? What do you do when one of your former students comes back with a weapon, determined to shoot and kill students, teachers, or staff? We discuss it here...
Have you ever felt that something needed to change, but then realized that you
were just one person? And, after all, what can one person do to improve the
But, what if you were talking about improving Educational outcomes. And, you
decided to teach to improve outcomes. Oh, yes, but you are only one person.
What can you possibly do to improve Education?
I contend that Education as a construct, benefits from Technology as a
construct. I feel that simply teaching and learning the same way that it had
always been done, needed a change.
Since most of us have had some educational experiences we all feel that we are
experts in Education. We have some successes and perhaps failures to point to,
that make us know something about the educational experience.
One thing that I had to consider as a Teacher, is that I was also a parent. I
needed to get good deals on many supplies for my family, as well as create and provide a suitable classroom environment for the many students that came through my classroom every day.
Depending on the Teaching job you have, and how long you have been successfully
working as a Teacher, you might spend summer vacation in a bunch of ways:
We used to say as children:
"Sticks and stones, may break my bones but names will never hurt me".; but in truth both the names and the stones hurt, and did damage. We live in a day, and a time, where both literal stones, and despicable names are being thrown around at each other, as if, we never learned childhood lessons of basic proper behavior.
Teachers are entering politics, and collectively bargaining for their own
livelihoods, putting skin in the game, putting shoe leather to the ground to make the change that we need today.
If you have tried for some time to make a go of it, teaching in adverse
circumstances, and now it is time to retire, or try something else, we
understand. The point is, that there are other jobs that will effectively
utilize your skillset, and don't require classroom time.
When do you meet, and discuss teacher issues that relates to you, your
individual progress, to becoming the teacher you have always wanted to become?
You may have aspired to be a different, better, teacher, but were encumbered
with all types of control that may have hindered you professionally. What
should you do?
"Working Together, Makes It All Better!" Edward Robinson, 2018
There are times when going it alone, is necessary. But, most of the time, it is
better to go down that path with a buddy. If one falls down, the other can help
the friend up again.