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Would Your Students Honor You?

This month’s posts in the Publishing Corner have been of the greatest kind, students had to write a small text expressing why any of their teachers should be honored and the thoughts they have of them have been just wonderful.

This is one of those times when you know that all those small pieces have come together to form something huge; students have realized of the great effort teachers have to make every day to educate a little bit. And what makes their posts even more meaningful is that their posts do not mention a lot about the classes’ contents, but rather about the values and principles teachers are trying harder to exemplify. We are living tough times here in Mexico, and that students acknowledge values gives hope.

From here I would like to thank each of them: Thank you very much!

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¿Y ahora qué?

Ante la situación de  “ya cuento con un blog, pero no sé qué escribir” tal vez es necesario un poco de inspiración. Mira afuera de tu ventana, escribe sobre tu niñez, expresa tus ideas y creencias… ¡mira dentro de ti!

Ah, pero qué fácil es escribir todo eso; aún asi es muy difí­cil decidir qué es lo que quieres compartir y sobre todo entender el por qué.

Piensa que ya tienes el primer… bueno, el segundo gran paso en tu vida de blogger: ¡sabes sobre qué vas a escribir! Tienes un blog profesional y por lo tanto compartirás tus momentos como maestro dentro de un aula, o fuera de ella. ¿cómo ves? -para los que no supieron cuál era el primer paso: crear un blog.

Si tú escribes sobre tu vida profesional cuenta con que sabrás entender el entorno en el que te encuentras, y reflexionarás sobre tus prospectos y metas. Lo único que hace falta es que quieras hacerlo.

Te dejo con una pequeña presentación en la que espero puedas ver de una manera general qué puedes hacer en tu blog profesional

 

 Espero que mis compañeros de formula puedan crecer profesionalmente; un saludo para: Alejandra, Iside, Alicia, Elizabeth, Rosario, Cookies&Cream, Karla, Jackie, Ceci, Paco, Janett, Angelica, Genoveva, Norma, Ada, Delia, Susana, Lorena y Rosalinda. Y un abrazo especial a alguien quien parece ha hecho un gran esfuerzo por hacer de su blog un medio de comunicación con los padres. Muchas Felicidades aMary.

El concepto de Red Personal de Aprendizaje fue tomado de Break Down the Walls, Build Up a Community.

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Best/Worst Teacher Ever

Have you ever wondered what makes you the best or worst teacher ever?

I know this is a stupid question for teachers, as we are used to question our work every day in every class; but, what makes the difference? how is it possible that the same teacher is the best during one school year and the worst the next year?

Teachers must know that in order to answer those questions they have to take into account all the variables possible, which most of the times are endless lists of what could go right or wrong. During their time in university teacher trainees should have discussed endless debates of those lists and no one could have reached a final resolution, has anyone?

I’m the Best Teacher Ever! 🙂

Have you ever felt the excitement of having fantastic-to-work-with sponge students?

I know, this is also an stupid question for teachers, as every class is full with students eager to learn -at least that has been my case- but what I want you to think about and feel  is when you’re doing what you’re supposed, and magically all around your class works out perfectly; the students are learning, the parents are grateful, the school praises and the teacher is not working.

I’m the Worst Teacher Ever! 🙁

Have you ever felt the necessity of turning everything around, upside down, over and any other preposition you may think of?

Yes, it is indeed another stupid question for teachers, as we work in the educational context; teachers want to change every single thing they may think should work better in a different way. Nevertheless, teachers cannot change all; even though they know what is affecting their environment and they know how to solve it, teachers most of the times have to cope with huge pink elephants which are impossible to move. The students are not learning, the parents complain, the school pushes and the teacher works.

Viewpoint

The endless list I mentioned before is naworred to four main aspects: students, parents, school and the teacher. However,  the term “school” will be changed to “syllabus” because that is truly the issue. And again, this is MY very personal point of view based on MY very personal experience.

Syllabus

Have you ever felt happy or unhappy with your class contents?

Eureka! That’s not a stupid question; well, I have felt both and both have gave me sorrow and pain, but also gratification and something to write about. 😛

This has been the biggest issue when it comes to perform an excellent job in my teaching years. It appears that when there is a main objective at the top and better yet, there is a method to achieve it: all the variables come together thriving. If a teacher studied to be a teacher, (s)he knows what (s)he is doing in front of the classroom and acknowledges the problems which are arising within the class, therefore the teacher must propose a solution. If the syllabus accepts the solution it is almost certain that the people involved will be satisfied.

If it is considered that the teacher knows how to teach, then it is supposed that (s)he uses the correct techniques and activities to teach what the syllabus asks to teachers and students. Here it is where the problem shows up, under the statement that the teacher will do all possible to achieve the objectives of the syllabus, there should be no problem in any way. But, what if there isn’t any general objective and the syllabus is not intended for the particular social and cultural background of the class? Of course all sorts of problems will  show up throughout the school year, and because students are not able to complete such syllabus, frustrations will grow on the people involved: teachers, parents and worst, students.

As people in Mexico say: “hay de dos moles” -you’ve got two flavors-  whether the teacher follows the syllabus or (him)herself; ok… maybe more than only two.

Students, Parents and Teachers

If there is a general objective, a well established syllabus which is intended for the level, culture and society of the class, besides a trained teacher who likes what (s)he does; I do not think there should be any problem.

Have you ever experienced something like this? -not another stupid question.