Category Archives: Employment

Seth Meyers shreds Detroit’s shady school system: You have to pay your teachers for teaching

Thanks for speaking up for the Detroit teachers Seth!!  Hmm… Could this be the beginning of looking into more things that school systems nationwide need to be looked into for?

Source: Seth Meyers shreds Detroit’s shady school system: You have to pay your teachers for teaching

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Parents, community, and STEM

Looking for a jumpstart with STEM integrated instruction?  Think about involving parents and the community in classroom activities. 
Surveying parent talents and skills is a great place to start. You can actually find a place for all parents regardless of past work experience.  Be creative!  Enlisting parents as STEM helpers includes community workers naturally.  So – how to enlist these helpers?   A note explaining STEM and the need for parent involvement in STEM instruction will help.  List some talents that could help students and STEM learning in the classroom. Some might be:

  • Engineer
  • Lawn maintenance
  • Doctor
  • Nurse
  • Hospital worker
  • Homemaker
  • Mechanic
  • Artist
  • Teacher
  • Writer
  • Researcher
  • Office worker, etc.

Parents may feel that their abilities won’t help in the classroom but a brief description of how they can serve is a real motivator to get all involved. Don’t forget Career Day in November! This might just be the perfect day to STEM recruit!!

How can we improve early education?

My father was a self-employed painting contractor.  As a child I observed his love of work and determination to grow intellectually even though he left school after the eighth grade – in his day, an accepted thing to do.

dad - youth     Leaving school did not diminish his motivation to learn.  I can still see him sitting on the sofa with book in hand learning all he could about whatever piqued his interest.  Dad always told me, “The more you can do in life, the more independently successful you will be.”  Dad’s passing did not diminish my motivation to learn.  He modeled well the life skills needed to survive in a competitive work world.

I reflected on Dad’s lessons as I viewed the following video “How can we improve early education?”

Listen as D. Quinn Mills, Consultant; Past Professor Emeritus, Harvard Business School and expert on the differences between Asian and Western leadership styles shares his views on how we can improve early education by instilling in children motivation to learn.

http://bigthink.com/videos/how-can-we-improve-early-education

SREB News: Online Teachers Share Strategies with ShortTakes

K-12 teachers – does classroom teaching have you feeling down?  Think online!  K-12 virtual schools are springing up across the nation.  If you have a flair for technology and think you’d enjoy teaching from home, it may be time to investigate virtual schools.

SREB News: Online Teachers Share Strategies with ShortTakes.

How to keep talented teachers from leaving

A must read for anyone interested in preserving the integrity and vitality of the teaching profession.

How to keep talented teachers from leaving.

Teachers Gravitate to Social Networks Tailored for Educators

Interesting findings!

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Teachers Gravitate to Social Networks Tailored for Educators.

Beyond the classroom | August 2012

Teaching careers in K-12 education…

Beyond the classroom | August 2012.

Capitol Connection Newsletter – July 30, 2012 – ASCD Public Policy

Interested in what’s happening in Washington?  Read on…

Capitol Connection Newsletter – July 30, 2012 – ASCD Public Policy.

Thoughts anyone?

ASCD Express 7.15 – Before Evaluating Teachers, How About Supporting Them?

Thank you James Boutin!  Your words will be appreciated by many!

ASCD Express 7.15 – Before Evaluating Teachers, How About Supporting Them?.

Motivation in education

Throughout history educational systems have encouraged like thinking and like ways of work aka “the norm.” There have been those, however, who thrived with the mentality of thinking outside the norm.  For many, this mentality was the right choice and produced intrinsically motivated history makers, such as Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Ayn Rand, Henry Ford, Walt Disney, and Steve Jobs.  As any glimpse into history may show, outside the norm thinking has contributed the most significant contributions to society.

The rank and file of employed and unemployed workers today is a product of educational systems.  Current unemployment rates should prompt review of the shift in education over the past 50 years to see why unemployment rates have reached such staggering heights.

In the early 1900s, emphasis placed teaching ethics, responsibility, independence, self-care, citizenship, mastery of the three R’s, encouragement of worthy human relationships, and how to make a living most important.  The shift reveals classrooms where major emphasis is on reading, test taking, and alignment with a norm.  Little to no time is spent on the development of critical thinking, creative thinking, rational thinking, or the development of aligned mental processes needed to adapt and prosper in an ever-changing work environment.  Attainment of these skills set in motion the survival skills needed to make it when working as an employee is not an option.  Unfortunately, extrinsic motivation determines future paths and intrinsic motivation is not encouraged.

Today’s curriculum must reflect children’s current and future needs, placing strong emphasis on molding intrinsic values that will enable youth to thrive as independent adults.