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.
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
Amazing TEDtalk about the importance of caring for your students. Each student needs to feel like they are somebody and they are worthy. #teaching #caring #joy
Lauren can still vividly recall the horrific experiences she went through with girls in middle school. She grew up in Orange County, well aware of the fact that females can be outright cruel to each other and that society has done nothing to bring attention to the severity of this issue. For the last ten years of her life she has wanted to change this mean girl phenomenon. As Lauren and her best friend Molly combine their experiences and passion to uncover what is really going on within the “Girl World,” the two girls learn about themselves, females, the truth behind this issue, and the American cultures influence. The two girls packed their bags and traveled across America in a mini-van with their mothers to interview hundreds of females around the country. The journey is packed with hysterical moments as the four girls attempt to conquer the road and everything America has to offer. While there are plenty of fun moments, their emotional roller-coaster around the country reveals raw and personal stories from girls that will shock you to your core. With the goal of establishing a national school program for girls around the country, Lauren and Molly hope to put an end to the hate and FIND KIND.