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I love the way you have held true to what you know is best for kids as you begin to explore the new standards. The best teachers take a lithe of this, a little of that and a lot of what they know is essential to meet the needs of the individual kids that walk into our door. If only we had this perspective at the top.
Toggle Commented Mar 23, 2012 on Uncommon Core at atychiphobia
Tony~ I am so glad you graciously accepted Cathy invitation to joint our cyberPD. I I have so missed hearing your voice in our district. CyberPD has allowed us to extend our voices and ears, and I agree with you, I am sure to be a better teacher for it! While your post written so much better, I wrote with the same thoughts-Authenticity in reading! I am so happy you choose education as a career! ~deb
Toggle Commented Jul 25, 2011 on Crunchy Granola at atychiphobia
Tony~ Once again a great post, funny and thought provoking all at the same time. I agree with so many points in your post! I think Donald Grave said it well when he said, "Listening to children is more a deliberate act than a natural one." Listening to a child takes concentration and focus. The classroom is so demanding really listening is a HUGE challenge at times. I need to work on deliberate listening, it's important!
Toggle Commented Jul 13, 2011 on Learn to Listen: #cyberPD at atychiphobia
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Tony~ I too find myself on a wonderful journey as the result of the wonderfully reflective and refined, Cathy (aka, peer pressure). Fortunately, Cathy IS a reflective & refined person so any "peer pressure" from her is MOST welcomed! I am starting this journey with reading blogs; my book arrived late yesterday evening! Your post was so fun to read your voice and personality are evident! I too have been expanding my "tech sense" this year. I am constantly asking myself "How does this tool support what we are doing? How does it make it better?" I can't stand those meetings (and we have all been in them) when someone says, "We need to use the computers, how can we use X here?" Shouldn't the question be "The kids are_____, you know what would help them take their learning further? Insert appropriate tech tool. As you said Tony, I hope we all continue to honor our roots as we push forward!
Tony~ Loved reading your post. I too feel there are many cliche's that could attempt to explain why I teach. But truly, I teach because it is what I do, it's where I can be myself, it's who I am~ 24/7 I am a teacher! Proudly!
Toggle Commented Jun 27, 2011 on This is Why I Teach at atychiphobia
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