I enjoy using digital tools in my teaching practice. The Educlipper looks full of potential. I’m certain students will be engaged by it and I like the way it enables me to keep track of student assign,ents in a simple way. I also like the way I can give feedback to students by video if i choose to do so. I think giving feedback orally is valuable and would be easier for me to tell a students what their strengths and weaknesses are using Educlipper. I think it would be worth taking the time to learn the program because it seems simple enough. I’ve embedded a video clip so you can get a sense of how valuable a tool Educlipper could be in your teaching practice.
At the beginning of the semester when my students and I are co-constructing our classroom agreements, I tell my students the way I see it is that teachers are people first and teachers second. I’m a person who happens to teach. Then we discuss how we can demonstrate respect for me as a person and for me as a teacher. Students don’t find it too difficult to explain what it means to respect me as a person, but they find it more difficult to explain what it means to respect my role as a teacher.
When I say that I want my students to respect my role as their teacher, what I mean is I want my students
- to respect the subject I teach even if it might not be one of the compulsory subjects;
- to appreciate the value of education and the fact that the right to attend school is universal and free in Canada (paid by taxes) for all students to the end of grade 12; and
- to be grateful for my professional and personal efforts as a teacher on my students behalf.
Friedman, I. (2006). Classroom management and teacher stress and burnout. In C. M. Everston & C. S. Weinstein (Eds.), Handbook of classroom management (pp. 925-944) New York: Routledge
I can’t believe I’m grieving for my teaching career.
Grief is an internal emotional response to loss. It has several components: physical, behavioral, emotional, mental, social, and spiritual. It is often described by those that have gone through it as a heaviness that isn’t easily lifted. It can sometimes be so pronounced that it affects a person’s physical self and can even mimic illnesses.
I’ve been retired from teaching for about 18 months. I’ve enjoyed these 18 months tremendously. I completed my MEd, whipped and nudged my garden into shape, travelled a bit, and spent more time with family and friends. As far as I am concerned, retirement is great. I don’t miss my teaching practice one bit. From time to time, I do miss some of my coworkers, but I’ve been able to keep in touch with them by joining them when they go out after work from time to time.
This year when school started and I didn’t return to my classroom, I started to feel kind of weirdly sad. I wasn’t sure what was going on then it hit me: I’m grieving for my teaching career. I was having a weirdly sad emotional response to the loss of my teaching career. Teaching was not only a career, but it was also a way of life. I guess I miss that way of life. I don’t want to go back to teaching. I’m happy to move on, yet it seems I’m also sad about moving on. Go figure!
I wonder if other people find themselves in the same boat?
“When one door closes, another door opens; but we so often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” ― Alexander Graham Bell
These last 18 months or so, a lot of doors have been closing and opening in my life. Some of these doors such as the door to my 30 year teaching career, I gently closed myself. Others doors such as the door to my desk top computer system closed abruptly on its own. When I closed the door to my teaching career, I did not think too much about the opportunities closing that door would present. I just wanted the opportunity to catch my breath. I was just relieved my life would no longer be regulated by bells every 75 minutes. Now that I’ve caught my breath, I’m beginning to think about opening new doors to explore. I’m an avid gardener but our Canadian winters limit the time I can garden outdoors. I also nurture about 85 orchids in doors so I don’t want to travel for extended periods of time. My orchids can tolerate about a week of neglect before they start to sulk, so I’ve been limiting my travel time to about a week. I’m OK with that.
When my desktop computer’s hard drive seized up (better it, than me), I decided I wouldn’t replace it, but do all my computing on my ipad mini. Now I have the opportunity to learn how to use the ipad mini to do all my computing. I miss using a mouse, but I’m sure I’ll get over it. I did purchase a Logtech keyboard though. I’ve been exploring Evernote and I think Evernote would have been a useful tool while I was a classroom teacher. I’m exploring ways to use Evernote in my life now.
I’m going to watch very carefully now so I won’t miss seeing the doors which open for me. I hope I’m pleasantly surprised.
What doors have opened for you that have been a pleasant surprise.?