Teaching and Learning
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Friday, February 17, 2017
Teaching and Learning: That is what we`re here for
Teaching and Learning: That is what we`re here for

On a random day (Valentine’s Day to be exact) I entered this particular class. I don’t particularly care for drama, but this situation was intriguing. Along with me, I had my contraption (media device) because now days the media controls a lot of what’s taking place in education. While reflecting, I thought about a lot classroom situations that have dominated the media in recent years. Teachers, this is why it’s important at all times to be aware of who is coming in and out of your classrooms. On this day the teacher didn’t even acknowledge me because she was going back and forth with a student. I thought about Super Bowl XL and the drama that it entailedto neutralize my mind because this was so intense. It was so intense that I don’t think she was even aware that anyone entered that classroom. It doesn’t matter because I caught her going back and forth with a student and this proves it. This is the stuff that needs to be reported. Parents and everyone else with a vested interest in Education should be aware of these particular situations.

The Technology Center Health Science teacher Teresa Johnson was teaching a lesson on Roman Numerals, while student on pictured on the right was passionate with expressing his concept on the topic. The teacher did what good teachers do by providing several examples to the student’s rebuttals and while ensuring that this concept was thoroughly understood. I exited the classroom impressed with what was taking place in this classroom.

I’m reminded of the Street Sweeper quote by that Alpha Man Dr. Martin Luther King Jr: If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause and say, here live a great street sweeper who did his job well. So teachers if you truly believe that you are called to be a teacher, then teach. Don’t allow that obstacles that often come about force you to rethink your calling. A therapeutic way to handle the stressors would be to interact with other positive teachers and bounce positivity thus making this concept contagious. When we do this, everyone wins.

In closing, it has been stated many times that it takes a village. Additionally let’s look at it from a generation to generation process as we teach, nurture and raise our children by simply abo another quote uttered by MLK: You can’t never be where you ought to be until I am where I need to be and I can never be where I need to be until you are where you need to be.

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