Wednesday, October 27, 2010
I had an epiphany last night. When I signed up for Technology class I expected to benefit from the education, expertise and experiences of Mr. Chamberlain---and I have. However, thanks to technology I have also benefitted from the education, expertise and experiences of Jennifer Scoggins (Mrs. Mimi), Ira Socol, Sir Ken Robinson and the other educators and particpants presenting Ted Talks. I got really excited when I realized the richness of experience I am having in this class. Then I started thinking, if I am this excited---what about an Elementary Student who got to chat with his favorite children's book author? A class studying weather who could skpe with a meteorologist? A High School Government class that could ask questions of their State Representatives? The possibilities are endless! WOW! I think I am finally starting to get it!
Friday, October 22, 2010
I have been following some blogs for several years now but I didn't know it. No, I don't have multiple personalities. I didn't realize that was what they were. I just thought they were cool websites that were updated regularly so I saved them to my favorites and checked them every day! I'm hip and didn't even realize it. Of course using the word "hip" probably negates any "hipness". Naturally, I follow Katy's new BFF, the fabulous Mrs. Mimi. I love her because not only is she an advocate for teachers and her "little friends" she is sarcastic and loves Barnes and Noble. That's enough for me! I follow the Book Aunt and Chicken Spaghetti because they read and write reviews of children's books. I love all books but have gained a special love of children's books from my mother-in-law who is a retired kindergarten teacher. I chose to post on the blog of Chicken Spaghetti about the demise of picture books. I also follow the Pioneer Woman. Her name is Ree Drummond and she has won several awards for her blog, has written a book and a cookbook, is a photographer, has four kids and Marlboro Man, her husband. She was a city girl who married a rancher and her life is quite entertaining. Finally, I follow Katy Wimer, probably out of a misguided sense of parental responsibility. She might feel bad if she only had one follower so I try to lift her spirits by making her think I really care about what she has to say. This technique also works very well with her father. Perhaps there is a genetic component.
Sunday, October 17, 2010
I have a lot to do so I saved Poptropica to my favorites. That way I feel like I have accomplished something. I haven't played it yet but Hey! I will. I have to do a take home test and write up a paper about the school board meeting too. I also need to get started on my philosophy of education paper. I won't be letting Mr. Chamberlain read that after his reaction to his wife's! :) I talked to another pre-service teacher at the meeting about passion and my concerns about teaching. She is also someone who is coming into this as a second career. She thinks part of the reason I may not be passionate about it yet is because I am just starting and haven't been in a classroom. I don't know the good or the bad about the way things work so I don't actually know which issues I will feel passionate about yet. Right now I think I will get my AAT and then decide if I want to pursue this or something else. It may help when I do my classroom observation next month. I am going to observe Mrs. Kilby for a few hours too so that may give me another perspective. I am also interested in Social Work and I looked that up at Crowder and may think about that too. I have a few more general requirement classes to take and I think I will do that next semester. That may give me time to re-evaluate. I have to say that I love technology class. I didn't know if I would. No matter what I decide to do it has helped me learn about things I am going to need to know. It has also given me a lot of things to think about and I am grateful for that also....and since Mr. Chamberlain FINALLY remembered to bring his kindle to class, I know what to put on my Christmas list!
Friday, October 8, 2010
I have learned several things in this class. From following Ira on twitter I have learned that my political instincts are still incredibly keen. However, from our skype chat with Ira I learned that I shouldn't judge people on that alone. From Mr. Chamberlain, Ira, Dave Eggers and all the other Ted talks I have learned that one of the main things necessary to be a good teacher is passion. They have a passion for their subjects, a passion for education and a passion for children's rights. Therein lies the problem. I have a passion for language, reading, and a lot of times even writing. I have a passion for my education. I have a passion for being the student. I am not sure I have a passion for being the teacher. It is hard to be 43 years old and STILL not know what I want to be when I grow up. SIGH......