For the first half of our assignment, we watched Do you Teach or Do you Educate? Man, what a video! I definitely want to be an educator and not just a teacher. Educators do so much more justice for the kids, in my opinion. They actually teach kids how to learn! It seems like the video is trying to say that a teacher just shoves the information into a kid's face, and it is the kid's job to just try and keep up.
I do not want to be that way. I do want to present the information for my students, but I also want to instill a system into my classroom that helps them to be not only self-learners, but also lifelong learners. I also want to give them the tools to find and access information to help them learn. I think that EDM310 has really helped give me the skills to do this for my students!
Next, we read Tom Johnson's Don't Let Them Take Pencils Home. This blog post is yet another reason why American education is so far behind select other places in the world. So many teachers focus too much on test scores and not enough on if the students are actually learning. So what if they take pencils home? I cannot even believe for a second that this lady was so foolish to think that keeping pencils out of the home would improve test scores. Even farther, try to take pencils out of the home to just try and raise standardized test scores minutely. Education in America needs reform. That is all!