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- A Dear John Letter to My Career in Education - January 17, 2017
- Chicken Little: The World of Education - December 13, 2016
- Will President-Elect Trump be Good for Education? - November 14, 2016
- Dear Parents of Children with Learning Disabilities - November 10, 2016
- Faith in Transition - August 25, 2016
- Tri’ing and Teaching - August 2, 2016
Often it can seem the perceived view of teachers is we are fun, loving, organized, caring, sweet, innocent people because we love children. We spend hours creating lessons that engage our students and develop their passion to grow as people, and learners. What is more fun, caring, organized, loving, sweet, and innocent than that? We never raise our voices, we speak at eye level with children, calmly and rationally discussing better choices and ways to treat others. Our classrooms are colorful, student-centered, and engaging. We teach our students to “read the room” because resources are everywhere, and when our students combine their learned knowledge with the resources around them, they will be incredible learners, adept at using a variety of knowledge bases to increase their own learning. I suppose this utopia comes from the teacher rules of a by-gone era:
-Women teachers are to never be married.
-Women teachers are to never have company with men.
-To be home between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., unless at a school function.
-Not to loiter downtown in ice cream stores.
-Not to smoke cigarettes.
-Not to drink beer, wine, or whiskey.
-Not to ride in a carriage or automobile with anyone except a father or brother.
-Not to wear bright colors, dye hair, and wear at least two petticoats.
It seems much of our mainstream TV and movies portray teachers like this, as well. Little House on the Prairie, a TV show many of us grew up on, was set in the time period of these rules, but it gave viewers a reminder of how school used to be, and therefore, set the expectations of what it should be now. Then came movies like “Kindergarten Cop” (1990) and “Mr. Holland’s Opus” (1995), and “Billy Madison” (1995). The teacher’s in those movies were caring, sweet, and full of hugs and love for their students. And most teachers ARE this way. Because they love their job, they love the people they work with, they have nothing but care and concern and understanding of children and they want to do well. They chose their profession because of what they could do, and because of their personality traits.