As a public educator, I aim to share my story with those interested about what really happens inside today's classroom. I hope my stories inspire, educate, and entertain you, as the calling of teaching is never neat or predictable. Please note that my blog content does not necessarily reflect the viewpoints or beliefs of my school district or colleagues.
Super Teacher's Job is Never Done!
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Teaching is the profession that teaches all the other professions. ~ Author Unknown
My goal is to reveal one teacher's humble journey of self-reflection, critical analysis, and endless questioning about my craft of teaching and learning alongside my middle school students.
"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth'." ~ Dan Rather
This is a really interesting article in Time Magazine that will cause most of the people who read this blog, especially my fellow educators, to cringe big-time.
To a "lay" reader, the arguments here likely seem quite reasonable. But the article treats internal motivation as simply an unrealistic ideal, or at least something that cannot be accomplished without first providing external motivation. It gives no consideration to the Dewey & Duckworth approach of building on learners' own curiosities and prompting further curiosity. It assumes that learning is something destined to feel like a chore.
What is it about constructivist-leaning educators that so often prevents us from getting our knowledge and perspectives represented in the popular media? This is certainly something to chew on...