Future Educator In the Making: Mastering Learning in Order to Teach

During our discussion in class today about discovering an entrance point of networking through social networks and blogs that can benefit me as a future educator, I begin brainstorming and researching. I chose to utilize Twitter and I came across many educators that were tweeting about different topics within Education. The one tweet that I came across was from @Educationweek, with a link to a blog titled “The Problem with Lesson Plans” by Nancy Flanagan. I found this blog to be very interesting as well as the comments. Nancy gave a better insight on what to look forward to when it comes to preparing lesson plans, she even stated that they are not “one size fit all”. Creating effective lesson plans takes thought, creativity, time, effort and initiative. Another tip that I plan to take from the blog is that Nancy suggest collaborating with skilled colleagues who serve the same kids and share methods that worked for them with the students.

As an future Educator I feel that its important to make connections and to network with others while on the path to my career. I also know that even while already in the midst of it I can never have too much knowledge and I feel that in any field whether Teaching or Accounting, people can always perfect and enhance on any skill. One of the things that always intrigued me since I’ve decided to become a teacher is, “How do teachers know what to teach on a daily basis?” For instance, “Do they read from a mastery handbook of lesson plans?” I never knew that they was required to prepare lesson plans from week to week or even day to day to guide them and help them deliver the material to the students in a way they feel is most efficient and effective. I discovered this once a few of my peers, whom are teachers,  told me they spent their lunch breaks or Sunday evenings preparing for the week ahead. Nancy in her blog clarified that teachers can not standardize lesson plans just as they are doing with everything else pertaining to school. Reading this blog it was refreshing because the comments were just as enlightening and gave me a heads up as what to look forward to once in my own school and classroom.

 
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Front Line Teachers Struggling

There are many educational CRISIS, but my topic today is about the collaboration of front line teachers’ views and wisdom to the R.E.S.P.E.C.T Project (Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching).

I entered York College without choosing a major, after a few semesters I knew I wanted to make a difference and chose to become a biology teacher.  Mostly because I have children of my own, but also because of a speech given by Dr. Margaret Hamburg M.D.,  Commissioner of Food and Drug Administration here at York.

Why a biology teacher you might ask yourself?

When I first told my father that I wanted to become a teacher he rejected my decision, but I stood proud and tall and told him that my decision was made and I would just hope that he supported me.  I am not going to lie and say that I didn’t think about the low salary nor the small margin for growth, but I thought mostly about the children and how I could broaden their minds to the field of science and pass on the knowledge so that they too could have an interest in this field and later become doctors, medical engineers, surgeons, or even biology teachers too, etc,

Dr. Margaret Hamburg M.D. states,

” truthfully we’re failing to affectively translate breakthoughs through discoveries and innovations into benefits for people enabling us to better diagnose treat and hopefully prevent and cure disease. . . when we first began as the F.D.A back in 1906 imports were just a tiny part of products used in our country, but in 2010 its a different story all together. . . about 80 percent of active pharmaceutical ingredient used in drugs come from outside our borders and as much as 80 percent of all aspirin taken in the United States comes from China alone”

You can too hear this speech below [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JAh-kc0yxTY&feature=plcp[/youtube]

Not only are children are being let down by the new policies, like the No Child Left Behind Act, but educators are too. As I began to read this article, http://www.ed.gov/blog/2012/03/e4es-advice-to-schools-to-keep-great-teachers-respect-their-careers/  I thought to myself would I be in the same situation in a couple of years. I would hope not because my interest in education is enormous.  Molding children to become future leaders is what I was born to do.

“After earning her law degree while teaching full time, Lori Wheal thought she might leave the field of education. She had spent 10 years as a middle school teacher in the Bronx and was tired. Thanks to low pay, little respect, and limited opportunities for growth, she was at a crossroads.”

Thankfully she was promoted at the same school where she taught.

Although I am not a certified teacher yet I respectfully give thanks to the initiative of this cross-country conversation that is going on to aid in policy making for teachers today and future teachers.

 This video below explains R.E.S.P.E.C.T in further detail by U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. [youtube]http://youtu.be/NxsVMEZgqsQ[/youtube]