Newlywed, currently pursuing Masters in Education, learning how to be a great teacher, trying to live with my love of food, wine, and traveling while on a tight budget, and looking for book recommendations... Also love my dog.
A Colorado school district has come under fire for trying to change its history curriculum — and its own students have schooled it on what real American history is.
Earlier this month, the school district of Jefferson County, Colo. — the second-largest district in the state — announced it was considering a change to the Advanced Placement U.S. history curriculum to “promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights” and not “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strike or disregard of the law.”
If the proposal passes, the district’s conservative-majority school board would establish a committee to review textbooks and other classroom materials to see if they meet this new criteria. In other words, any textbook that didn’t seem “patriotic enough” (an aggressively arbitrary and potentially very dangerous label) would be cut.
Love to see students standing up for what they believe in!
So, I am a Dylan fan. This quote, from a Dylan song, has always stuck with me. I think of it with the intention to continually learning, striving to be better, doing more good, and always trying to discover more about myself and others. I am in my Masters Program for Education, and I have to say, it is amazing. There is such a difference between graduate programs and undergraduate programs. Long gone are the days of memorizing to purge out facts onto a test paper. Now, days are filled with discussions, papers, teaching philosophies, and discovery. There aren’t really tests, because life is the test. Walking into a classroom, trying out something discussed in class, then going to class to talk about how it turned out, and brainstorming other ways it could be done.
We had a great exercise in class the other night. We separated into groups and were assigned to discuss what the term scientific literacy means. Then to further our discussion, our professor explains how each student graduating from high school should be “scientifically literate”. We had to then find how that enhanced our meaning of scientific literacy. As a class, we discussed our findings and made a list. I must say, it was quite a list! Then we referenced scholarly articles that discussed the topic to see how we faired. We only discovered about half the characteristics that were noted. It’s strange to think about that final product, of a graduating senior from high school, and how we are supposed get to that product. Not only that, but what does society expect from that high school graduate? I am not sure I was as evolved as scholarly society expected me to be, at that point. We continued by being assigned, in our groups, to make a list of characteristics we would find in “Great Science Teachers”. This was about a 15 minute activity that ranged from specific teaching strategies, to general personality traits. Then, each group went around and took turns looking at the other groups papers. Everyone made notes, added to lists, or asked clarifying questions to items. As a class, we discussed our findings, combined our lists, clarified items, and ended up with a description of what a “Great Science Teacher” should look like. Our professor then asked us, “So, does this describe each one you?”….
We all looked around at eachother wide eyed.
The point was not that we needed to be the “Great Science Teacher”, yet. Or even that we would ever be that long list of characteristics that we claimed was a “Great Science Teacher”. The point is that we would always strive to be that “Great Science Teacher”. We knew what goals to set for ourselves, so that we would always work to get there. If we weren’t engaging our students enough, what could we do to engage them more? If we aren’t being open-minded enough, how can we change that? The ultimate goal being to enable our students to be the scientifically literate graudates that we want, or getting as close to it as we can, knowing we did our absolute best.
That’s the life of a teacher. Always learning, and always striving to be better.
We are always busy being born.
Welcome to Midnight. That’s what we say when the ball drops and a new year begins. i like that moment because beyond the fireworks and resolutions, beyond the kisses and celebration, is the quiet hope that something can be new. That it’s possible to leave the past behind and start again. There’s nothing extra special on television tonight, no clapping crowd in Times Square, no parade scheduled for the morning. But this midnight means World Suicide Prevention Day, and we would like to think this day can be significant. Not because the world needs another holiday, and not because we need a stage to stand on. We believe in World Suicide Prevention Day for the same reasons we love New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Because perhaps it’s possible to change. Perhaps it’s possible to start again. Perhaps it’s possible for things to be new. We know that change takes more than a moment, and we aren’t saying it will be easy, but we’re saying that it’s worth it. This life. This night. Your story. Your pain. Your hope. It matters. All of it matters. You’re loved. You matter to this world and you matter to the people who love you. So stay. Please stay. No one else can play your part. - Jamie Tworkowski
Cannot wait for #wildmovie to come out! Such an amazing story, and @cherylstrayed is so brutally honest
So, I have been busy. Between 4 graduate classes, waitressing, homework, housework, and social events I have been volunteering in a classroom. I was lucky to find myself in the classroom of a wonderfully sweet and caring biology teacher. She has a great group of kids, and does an amazing job of explaining things in a way that makes them really relatable. I have been learning a lot from her, and look forward to applying what I have seen in her classroom to my own… Because I was offered a position as a sixth grade life sciences teacher! I cannot believe it! It was so unexpected, and yet it is what I have been looking for. I am so excited and terrified. I was notified today (Friday) that I start on Monday. Here’s to the beginning of an amazing journey. Now I’ve got a lot of work to do 😃📓📝📥
I was lucky enough to attend this event courtesy of the lovely Tristan Prettyman, and left inspired and full of gratitude. So many amazing performances and talks from Tristan Prettyman, Anis Mojgani, Jamie Tworkowski, Mary Lambert, Jon Foreman and many others. Cannot wait for this years event… #towriteloveonherarms #heavyandlight