DailyThoughts of a Teacher #44

Tuesday November 3, 2015

This new idea of grit and resiliency used to have another term for it: suck it up.  


DailyThoughts of a Teacher #57

Monday November 16, 2015

Almost true fact: Inside all of us is contradictions that help make clarity on some days and confusion on others. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #14

Sunday October 4, 2015

The search for the truth will never be found. The best you can do is look for reasonable facsimiles and create a

reality that you never stop questioning.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #41

Saturday October 31, 2015

Writing is like a bank robbery. You have to get in and out before the reader even knew you were there.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #38

Wednesday October 28, 2015

Remember this: Students are complex beings. Comparisons are not only insulting but ultimately useless. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #6

Saturday September 26, 2015

Becoming democratic, globally aware citizens is almost always a mantra in schools. Just for once I would like to see a mission statement scream, “we want all students to be responsible members of a communist society.”

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #34

Saturday October 24, 2015

And speaking about weekends, Saturday should be spelled saturDAY

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #30

Tuesday October 20, 2015

Isn’t it funny, though hardly shocking, that a verb such as listening now has adjectives such as, active, emphatic, appreciative, and well, that list goes on and on. It isn’t because we don’t know how to listen; it’s because specialists need to specialize in something. And sometimes that something is the most obvious human act we give to each other every day. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #40

Friday October 30, 2015

Some schools won't let kids celebrate Hallowe'en. Are we sure we are child centred institutions? 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #17

Wednesday October 7, 2015

If there is Teach for America, shouldn’t there also be: Doctors for America, Lawyers for America, and Architects for America? I am certain youth, inexperience, and enthusiasm is the precise formula in discovering new cures for old ailments, counteracting entrenched injustices, and cleansing and rebuilding the blight in urbania. It made all the difference to America’s inner city schools. Didn’t it? 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #31

Wednesday October 21, 2015

I have thought of many clever ideas and then I googled these ideas and realized there are many clever people.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #52

Wednesday November 11, 2015

The truth is just a mirror of reality. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #55

Saturday November 14, 2015

The only time there is any real change, the kind we respect as a society, is when there is a monetary value

assigned to the money line.  

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #13

Saturday October 3, 2015

Treat students as strong and able and they will respond in kind. Treat them as weak and unable and they will also respond in kind.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #59

Wednesday November 18, 2015

The smartest people seem intent in public to end all of these problems that exist, but all it seems that I see are more problems. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #18

Thursday October 8, 2015

Almost true fact: The saying, “Don’t believe everything you see and hear,” did not originate out of the mouth of a teacher lecturing in front of a class. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #37

Tuesday October 27, 2015

Remember this: Listening is not or ever should be viewed as a skill. If you can't bother to listen leave the room. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #58

Tuesday November 17, 2015

What will end this violence we see? Maybe education. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #26

Friday October 16, 2015

If you want to know what you are worth as a teacher in the private system you better make sure that the salaries

are public. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #48

Saturday November 7, 2015

Schools which teach the hallmarks of democracy would not dare act like a democracy. Rhetoric is fine for the students, but please do not apply it to the adults in the institution. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #49

Sunday November 8, 2015

Remember this: Those teachers who are here to save children are really the ones who need saving from their own inflated sense of self. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher​ #2

Tuesday September 22, 2015
Embracing failure is the new mantra: What are the parameters of this for schools? Who will allow you to fail at your job? Is it only for new initiatives? For established programs can teachers fail and still be worthy of recognition? Ultimately, what is the definition of failure?

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #47

Friday November 6, 2015

Don't worry about those in high ranking positions in schools. They don't need your approval to do a terrible job. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #23

Tuesday October 13, 2015

Life is bits out of the same photo. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #24

Wednesday October 14, 2015

If everyone, and I mean everyone (yes you 1% too), invested in one public system, well, could dystopia really be that far behind?

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #28

Sunday October 18, 2015

Experts in education have been proclaiming that schools must change to meet the demands of the twentieth-first century workplace. Maybe it should be the other way around. Just maybe? At least think about it.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #5

Friday September 25, 2015
Anyone who doesn't think middle schools students have perseverance should sit in their seats, at their tables, hour after hour, being teased by whatever is more attractive out the window. Students, your adult cubicle awaits. My sincerest apologies. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #42

Sunday November 1, 2015

Stop teaching how you were taught. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #25

Thursday October 15, 2015

Of course youth is wasted on the young. Should it be any other way?

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #10

Wednesday September 30, 2015

Here is something we all seemingly comprehend, but are reluctant to confess, especially to young people: you can believe in yourself, you can toil to the utmost of your infinite abilities, even perform to a higher and superior level than those you call peers—and still not succeed. Cruelty is not reserved just for the fragile. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #35

Sunday October 25, 2015

Following on about weekends: Sunday, right around dinner time and extending into the evening, is probably the worst time for a teacher. Friday and Saturday meals seem so tasty and luxurious (even when they are not). Sunday's evening meal is much more about sustenance and survival. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #45

Wendesday November 4, 2015

Service learning in schools is nothing more than a new-fashioned version of noblesse oblige. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #51

Tuesday November 10, 2015

Teaching is a culmination of life experiences.  

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #36

Monday October 26, 2015

Remember this: Students who are markchasers will almost inevitably fail. They eventually cut corners, invent shortcuts, and unsubtly use others on their quest to become the highest number and letter. They are the one-dimensional sports star salivating toward the hugest possible payout with little regard for the team or any

individual. And the parent is almost always the child's overeager self-righteous agent who defends the most outrageous behaviour, attitudes, and actions and spins any concerns from the school as a conspiratorial attack on their child. These students are the Alex  Rodriguez's of the academic world. Marks and records may be attained through broken means, but reputations and worth will be decided by others. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #46

Thursday November 5, 2015

Taking initiatives in educational institutions is much easier at poor schools where that community population

angrily understands society has little value for them except as paternalistic petting zoos.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #11

Thursday October 1, 2015

Remember this: Everything you do in teaching is never singular. “I did this,” only resides on the overly important named alleyways that somehow need attention like three leaf clovers in a cracked sidewalk. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #22

Monday October 12, 2015

There is an insidious teacher who somehow still exists in schools: the non-sharing, two faced, taking all the credit, deflecting all the blame, center of the universe, cult like figure, who somehow still believes from their lying tongues that they only know how to teach “their students.“ They are the cancer we can’t seem to excise from our school bodies. But our minds and spirits are mightier; and there will be a day of reckoning for these sorts.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #50

Monday November 9, 2015

Almost true fact: We overestimate our abilities and underestimate our weaknesses.  

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #12

Friday October 2, 2015

Cynicism is too easy of a cover for students. It permits them to nonchalantly avoid the harsh but necessary

questions of everythingness that constructs the uncomfortableness of learning.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #39

Thursday October 29, 2015

The only change most schools are interested in is the preaching of change. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #54

Friday November 13, 2015

Imagine we started to run schools as communist institutions? Our good intentions might actually be good intentions. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #56

Sunday November 15, 2015

Instead of being cynical can't you just for once think, "why not?"

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #32

Thursday October 22, 2015

Teaching is the one profession everyone has an opinion on because everyone was at one time a student. Accountants, doctors, street cleaners, and gravediggers usually do not have young people hanging out with

them from Monday to Friday. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #4

Thursday September 24, 2015
Self-esteem and self-worth have been replaced by the new catch words, resiliency, grit, and perseverance. In 5 years what will be the new terms that run over the current ones on the educational path of enlightenment? I vote for virtuous, compassion, and quite possibly, self-immolation.  

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #20

Saturday October 10, 2015

Remember this: A compromising position that can happen to a school is for its sports teams to start winning on a regular basis. Suddenly, teams morph into programs and become institutionalized. Beware of these dangerously hungry beasts who need to be petted and praised on their semi-precious heads.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher​ #1

Monday September 21, 2015
Schools are places of competing interests. More importantly, they are places of self interests and preservation.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #9

Tuesday September 29, 2015

Dreaming is easy. It is the life sucking paper work that comes afterward that makes you scared to close your eyes and drift off. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #19

Friday October 9, 2015

If you really love learning, then, with mercy, please forgive our incompetence.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #21

Sunday October 11, 2015

Do not confuse order and routine with teaching and learning. Not only are they different, but actually incompatible. The only thing to be learnt from order and routine is order and routine. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #16

Tuesday October 6, 2015

Datatize (verb): The corporate crime of pickpocketing in pure daylight the joy of learning and living from schools, and then, repackaging and disguising it as vital data that will improve learning and living, and selling it back, with the most insincere of smiles and intentions, to victimized, but somehow grateful schools.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #33

Friday October 23, 2015

Don't let them fool you. Friday at end of day just smells better than the rest of the week. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher  #27

Saturday October 17, 2015

If someone you know says they want to be a teacher please make sure that person is not you. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #29

Monday October 19, 2015

Almost True Fact: There are almost always (yes, almost always—absolutes have a way of blowing up in your face)

two staff meetings. The official, semi-nodding your head politely—even if it isn’t officially polite—hold your tongue, chew your nail, semi-comatosely listening to incoming lifeless information meeting, and the unofficial, but frank meetings that takes place 1 minute later in hushed hallways, where unconcealed whispers and rolled eyes are a teacher’s protest to the ticking away of their precious time.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #53

Thursday November 12, 2015

A circus and a school have a lot in common. I am not sure what it is exactly, but I am sure they have a lot in

common.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #43

Monday November 2, 2015

The reason a teacher's time is wasted is because no one listens when they say their time is being wasted. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #8

Monday September 28, 2015

Let us not pretend, but acknowledge straight up, that when change is enacted in educational institutions, there will be positive aspects and wonderful teachers who will not only disagree, but unfortunately, be left behind. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #3

Wednesday September 23, 2015
Is it important to be liked by your students? Who wants to sit in a room for 175 lessons with someone you dislike. Maybe it all comes down to simple relationships. Basic psychology isn’t it?

 Paul Steffan: Education of a Teacher

At the end of this teaching life all I will have is what I've left behind of me. 

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #15

Monday October 5, 2015

Almost True Fact: Collaboration just might be a partial cure for the mediocre teacher.

DailyThoughts of a Teacher #7

Sunday September 27, 2015

At teachers college I had a professor who said when he was a primary teacher he knew he had done his job when years later he would be walking on the beach and see a former student lying on a blanket reading a book. Some days I think that is an absolutely inadequate expectation, and others, well, it sounds just about right.