I used to think of my classroom as a safe place for my students and told them as much. So many students these days need to experience a stress-free environment even if only for a few hours every day.
Yesterday, hundreds to thousands of students went to their supposed safe place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Seventeen of those students lost their lives there. Still another fourteen experienced physical trauma from gunshot wounds. The emotional scars inflicted on those who survived will remain for years to come.
Today, politicians offered their well rehearsed lines – the lines they have uttered at the hundreds of other school shootings since the tragedy at Sandy Hook. Tomorrow we will probably hear elements of blame placed on reasons for why still another school shooting happened.
There has become a pattern of violence and insincere resolution in our country perpetrated by those having easy access to guns that have no earthly reason to be on our public streets and those who allow them to have access to them…
- Tragedy – shootings
- Political condolences
- Blame game
- Gun issue debate
- Debate drags on
- People forget
- Brief respite from shootings
- Another tragedy
There is no one reason on which to place the blame for these senseless crimes but rather a myriad of reasons that need to be discussed in a rational way without political affiliation or money generated concerns to guide ethical decisions. That said, it’s obvious that present administration politicians cannot satisfactorily meet en mass to discuss anything pertinent to the health and well-being of the people of the United States without adding a political bent to it. It should be obvious to all that after hundreds of school shootings since Sandy Hook that nothing will change unless the American voters start speaking up. Speaking up is done in any number of ways but the two most easily accessed is phoning and writing your representatives and senators. Be mindful that just one letter or call won’t suffice. If you want to be part of change in this country you have to be persistent.
To contact your elected officials find them at https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials
If you’re not convinced your voice will make a difference – consider this quote by Margaret Mead…
… and take a look at the statistics below…
Posted in child safety, classroom safety, Grades 6-12, Grades K-5, guns, guns in classroom, life lessons, making a difference, school shootings, Schools, Students, teacher awareness, teacher responsibilities, teacher safety
Tagged Florida, life lessons, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Parkland
To all my dedicated readers,
I thought about letting this blog go since I retired and then I decided to include retired teachers to the mix. New to retired teachers all have something to say and want to know what is happening nationwide in public and private education.There is much to be said about our educational system and much might be changed for the good if more people shared their great ideas, views, and great or maybe not so great experiences. Someone somewhere will be listening. So this is a shout out to all of my teaching and retired teaching extended family for experience and/or research backed posts to add to this blog. To this date my blog has had 7,878 hits and 344 followers and I haven’t posted an entry in two years. It’s time to get back on track. If you’d like to be considered for site publication, you may choose to include your real name or use a pseudonym. There is interest in what you all have to say and bottom line is – children need our help inside and outside the classroom! Margaret Mead said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” You can message me with any questions you might have. Hoping to hear from you soon!
Posted in Back to school, education innovation, Grades 6-12, Grades K-5, making a difference, retired teachers, school systems, Schools, teacher awareness, Teacher Evaluation, Teacher Income, teachers
Tagged Education, K through 12, Professional development, retired teachers, school systems, Teacher
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
Not just in Kent! My goodness! This has been going on forever! When I was in fifth grade I remember a very mean boy punching my teacher in the face. Working as a teacher, the first time a child threw furniture in my classroom was in 1997. No one knows what teachers’ work involves and until politicians and others step inside the classroom and spend time with teachers no one ever will. Then again, those spending time in classrooms might not even admit to what they see. We might call this “feigned ignorance” or “an easier way to blame teachers for all of the ills in society and education”. It’s time to wake up and admit that all of us have a great deal of work to do! Parents, guardians, teachers, politicians, and others. Not only are society and our political system collapsing – education is too! So – is teaching all bad? Heavens no! I wouldn’t trade a moment of my experiences – good or bad – for anything! Every experience in life is a lesson learned. I am not blaming! I realize that all any of us know is what we’ve been taught to a given point in our lives. It takes an effort to change experience for all. While we can’t change the past, we can do something about the present and future. It takes courage to speak up and out. Will you?
Posted in child safety, classroom safety, education innovation, Everything old is new again..., Grades K-5, life lessons, making a difference, Schools, teacher responsibilities, teacher safety, why teachers leave
Tagged classroom safety, classroom violence, speak up, student safety, teacher safety
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.
Posted in education innovation, Employment, Grades 6-12, Grades K-5, Higher Education, Schools, Teacher Income
Tagged K through 12, K–12 (education), online teaching, SREB, virtual schools
He sat at the edge of the sofa, glazed eyes fixed on the TV screen, tears streaming down his face. My brother and I watched silently with our father as the body of Martin Luther King was pulled by two mules on a mule cart. Thousands of people marched in tandem. My father wept, not ashamed to cry in front of us. “Why did they kill him?” we asked.
“Come close,” Dad said. “Never judge anyone by the color of their skin. There are good and bad people in every group,” he said. “Look to the person, and not the group they belong to. Consider everyone as an individual – an equal – remember that.”
This would be one of the many life lessons I learned from my Italian father. Like King, Dad sought fairness for all in a time when it was not a popular thing to do. Similar to Dr. King’s life cut short at the hand of an assassin, Dad’s life was cut short in a car accident. I would only realize the meaningful extent of both of their legacy’s through their deaths.
Today, I can see my father on the sofa and the images of King’s funeral procession as if it was yesterday. I take comfort knowing the lessons I learned from both that year are handed down to each new group of students that enter my classroom.
The significance of today – the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech and the historical second inauguration of President Obama will be meaningful to some though not all. We have come a long way but the road is long and we still have a way to go.
For the 50th anniversary of the “I Have a Dream” speech illustrated…
Posted in Grades 6-12, Grades K-5, Higher Education, Lesson Planning, life lessons, Martin Luther King, Motivation, President Obama, Schools, Students, teachers
Tagged Barack Obama, Martin Luther King
A must read for anyone interested in preserving the integrity and vitality of the teaching profession.
How to keep talented teachers from leaving.
Posted in Employment, Grades 6-12, Grades K-5, Higher Education, Lesson Planning, Motivation, Nuture Self, Schools, Students, Teacher Evaluation, teachers
With flu season in full swing now is a great time to search for those books on “germs” taking residency on your classroom bookshelves. Presenting tips to avoid catching the flu to your students through literature is a valuable lesson this time of year. Follow-up your readings with posting pictured tips on a classroom wall.
Preventing the spread? What teachers can do:
1. Inform your students – knowledge is power.
2. Teach students the importance of proper hand washing – lather top and bottom of hands with soap and rinse thoroughly.
3. Teach students to cough inside of the arm or elbow. Encourage use of tissues by having several boxes available at different classroom locations.
4. Provide hand sanitizer and encourage students to use it when entering or leaving the classroom.
5. Clean desks and doorknobs daily as well as any classroom items often touched by others.
6. Inform classroom parents of the steps you are taking in the classroom. These tips can help them at home as well.
Is it a cold or the flu?
||Common. Can become severe.
||Common. Mild to moderate.
||Usually high (102°-104°) May last 3-4 days.
||Rare except in young children.
|General aches and pains
||Usual. Can be severe.
|Sneezing/red, watery, itchy eyes
||Late August – April.
||Up to a month.
||7 – 10 days.
|Adapted/modified from:Balch, P. A., & Balch, J. F. (2000). Prescription for nutritional healing (3rd ed.). New York, New York: Avery.
Remember – a healthy classroom is a happy and productive classroom!
For other ideas see http://www.teachervision.fen.com/disease-prevention/resource/62164.html
For more information see http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2013-2014.htm
Posted in Classroom Management, classroom safety, Grades 6-12, Grades K-5, Higher Education, Lesson Planning, Schools, Uncategorized
Tagged Common cold, Conditions and Diseases, Flu season, Flu Symptoms, Health, Infectious disease