Monday, May 17, 2010

Who's Accountable...Teachers or Students?

Today I was going through my Google Reader and came across this post and was a little irritated after reading.  A few minutes later I ran into this post and watched the video.  Amazing talk!  If only more professors/teachers would change the way they teach, then there would be no reason for them to "shut down laptops and other digital distractions."

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Willing to Surrender

    Change is the essence of life.  Be willing to surrender what you are for what you could become. -Unknown

I am not too sure where I found this quote, but it really seems to fit where I am professionally.  After a lot of thought I have decided to take a leap of faith and leave my current position.  I LOVE what I do and I LOVE the students, faculty, and staff that I work with.  For me, it comes down to happiness and passion.  For various reasons this year, I have lost the passion to be in my current position.  I find that far to often people stay in a position even if they are unhappy.  I don't want to be that person...Therefore, I am surrendering what I am for what I can become.  By staying true to my character, I hope that good things will come my way.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Growing Up Connected

One of my colleagues shared this article with us today.  My response to this was... I am sure similar things were said when the phone came into play...I remember my parents getting upset with me for spending so much time on the phone with my friends.

I think it all comes back to good parenting, moderation, and modeling.  We (parents, teachers, etc.) are just as connected to our Blackberry's, iPhones, Facebook, and Twitter so what kind of message are we sending?  It's very frustrating to hear people bash the tool, when the tool is not the source of the problem.

I believe that Americans in general have problems being "connected" or in the "moment."  We don't value relationships or personal interaction in our society, so why should our students?  Our job as educators and parents is to model this.  Do you think we are doing a good job at this?