Teachers and Their Roles

October 1, 2008 at 12:04 am (Uncategorized) (, )

When I think of teacher roles, the first response in my head is taking care of their students (from different realms of the education world).  I tagged an interesting blog from This Week in Education titled Around the Blogs.  The most interesting article was the second tag from New York Times- Learning to Teach in a Complicated World (AMEN).  It seems schools have placed such emphasis on scores that the true importance is hidden under the ruble.  It is sad that we worry more about a pencil/paper test that a child possible can’t read verses their actual learning ability.  I loved their idea of totem of respect.  I feel the most important role of a teacher is to show respect.  Yes, we’re not always shown respect, but we must set the right example. 

 Respect can take many forms.  Respect their learning abilities, environment, strengths, weaknesses, and most of all their opinion.  Education should come after character development.  How can one successfully educate a child when they have no morals or values?  Their attitude plays a major role on their success.  Just my thoughts…very neat ideas.

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2 Comments

  1. Colby Johnson said,

    Unfortunately, high test scores translate as big money for the school system. Students aren’t taking the CATS testing seriously and officials need to realize this.
    Earlier this year I worked as a substitute in Jefferson County and I determined children no longer know respect. Respect is something fading away in our culture and teachers really need to emphasize this. Parents aren’t teaching their children respect, because they aren’t respectful themselves.

  2. dianaljackson said,

    Colby,
    Yes this is sad but true. If we model and reinforce strict guidelines for respect (morals and values) we could possibly see a difference. However, you did hit the nail on the head…it does start at home. We can only do what we can in seven hours a day. One thing my students go away with each year…I set expectations, goals, and rules that MUST be followed. Usually, they learn their manners quick when there are consequences. It is sad that communities do not reinforce positive character education for families.

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