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
Teachers enter teaching full of enthusiasm – knowing they have an opportunity to affect the lives of many over their time in the classroom.
Time and circumstance often wreak havoc on these idealistic goals. The teacher in the following YouTube video (Ellie Rubenstein) eloquently expresses what teachers across the nation are feeling these days. Her passion for teaching can’t be denied. Ellie’s video has gone viral – she is enthusiastically supported by hundreds of thousands across the nation.
Readers, what are your thoughts on the state of public education today? Do you share or not share Ellie’s views? Why or why not?
Posted in Ellie Rubenstein, Grades 6-12, Grades K-5, Higher Education, life lessons, making a difference, Teacher Evaluation, teachers, teaching, teaching and altruism, why teachers leave
Tagged Classroom, Education, K through 12, Teacher
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
Are you familiar with polychronic and monochronic organizational styles or high context/low context communication? These styles are culturally based and learning about them may serve to help us better relate to those we live and work with. The following is a link to one of the most concise articles I’ve found on this…
As for the polychronic organizer the book “A Perfect Mess” may shed some light on why many people (actually 2/3’s of us) organize the way we do. If you take time to look into this, I encourage you reflect on those students and colleagues who may drive you crazy with their seeming lack of order which is anything but.
On how culture affects communication…
Comparative Time Orientation Chart…
|Monochronic (Linear) Time Orientation
||Polychronic (Circular)Time Orientation
|Views time as an entity to be saved, spent, or lost
||Views time as fluid, flexible
|Completes one task before starting another
||Works on multiple tasks before finishing any one
|Focuses on the task to be completed within a certain time frame
||Focuses on and nurtures the relationships represented by the tasks
|Separates work from family and social life
||Views work, family and social life as one
|Seeks to maintain rigid appointment schedule
||Reacts as the day’s events evolve
Low/High Context Chart…
|Low Context Culture
||High Context Culture
|Believes in explicit (literal) communication
||Utilizes figurative and approximate language
|Follows the letter of the law
||Believes laws can be shaped by circumstances
|Keeps job tasks separate from relationships
||Sees task as a function of the relationship
|Uses direct style in writing and speaking
||Prefers indirect style in writing and speaking
|Values individual initiative and decision making
||Expects decision making within the relationship
|Relies on verbal communication
||Relies on nonverbal communication
|Becomes uncomfortable with silence
||Respects and utilizes silence
|Presents facts, statistics and other details
||Subordinates use of detailed information
Mechanistic/Humanistic View of Employee Chart…
|Works for employer in exchange for wage sand benefits
||Thinks of self as group member with personal ties
|Changes jobs if better opportunity arises
||Remains on the job out of loyalty to “family”
|Can be dismissed if not performing job satisfactorily
||Keeps job even if performance is unsatisfactory
|Views self as a commodity
||Views self as part of a “family
CrossTalk: Communicating in a Multicultural Workplace, Sherron B. Kenton and Deborah Valentine, Prentice-Hall, 1997.
As educators, we are much like the cogs of a wheel creating forward motion. Diverse organizational styles and communication are needed to meet the diverse needs of our students. Having like organizational styles and communication is akin to all cogs spinning in the same direction going nowhere.
The dichotomy of the educational system is it touts monochronic values while imposing copious polychronic tasks. This in itself can cause confusion which produces stress, which in turn detracts from effective teaching and learning much like the wearing down of each cog that is not benefiting from the thrust of its opposite. Having a better understanding of the above styles can help us all in our interactions with each other.
We all have so much to share…
Posted in Back to school, Classroom Management, Grades 6-12, Grades K-5, Higher Education, Lesson Planning, Motivation, Multiple Intelligences, Students, Teacher Evaluation
Tagged Communication, Decision making, High context culture, Low context culture, Organizational styles, Polychronicity, Time, Time management, Work
Interested in what’s happening in Washington? Read on…
Capitol Connection Newsletter – July 30, 2012 – ASCD Public Policy.
To ensure student success, here’s something to keep in mind throughout the school year…
The Role of Mistakes in the Classroom | Edutopia.