There are always good articles on the site. The article that caught my attention was about the tech cheerleaders. The headline should be I am about teaching and learning first and use technology as tools.
There is no question, as students mature, they need to find their paths. Part of the discipline they should be learning is self-discipline which makes those choices their choices and they own them more fully. It is a process rather than an outcome.
It helps. There is a point in life where one says to hell with it and loving your job is important. You cannot imagine the way colleagues reacted when I said I would teach for 1/2 the money. It is was not a positive response. I loved teaching enough that given the right circumstances I would do it for 1/2 the money I earned.
Jennifer E. Beebe, PhD, assistant professor of counseling and human services at Canisius College, says that to prevent or stop bullying, schools must implement collaborative programs that involve teachers, administrators ...
When I felt I was doing meaningful work, I looked forward to going to work. It was fun and it showed. As a teacher, once I got into the classroom, it was a special place. This helped me make it through the last 3 or 4 years of my teaching. I hated the drive to work, but, as the kids came in the classroom and I was able to close the door on the other adults in the building, I thrived.
As Jon Kabat-Zinn put it "get a Job with a capital J and stop doing someone else's work!" Telling other teachers and administrators I would teach for 1/2 the salary was not the words they wanted to hear.
Merit pay and a lack of open conversation are the binaries we engage in our conversations. The business mind says throw money at it and we will solve the problem. Mindful use of money would be a place to start. We spend money in education and it is dubious it is being spent well. The other end is the concept that we cannot have open conversations in education. The result is we hide in corners and nothing changes. It is not money or silence that will solve the problems.
In recent news, there has been a barrage of videos, letters, and articles from educators around the country - explaining in no uncertain terms why they are walking away from the teaching profession...
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:
This is an interesting article which talks about teachers leaving and staying in the profession as essential the same topic. It is more about the way we are able to cope.
I never thought that teachers who left were abdicating. I also believed they left, because it suited their needs at a given point in their lives. It is why I left.
One thing the article needed to expand upon is the idea of being a creative teacher. Some who stay follow the predicated order and fit quietly into a mold. Others close their doors and, sometimes, in subversive ways are able to reach students, teach, and students learn as a result.
I don't think it is just Gen Y. I left a great paying job. because I was doing someone's work besides what made me whole. I think there are many others like me, who are older, who would leave if they knew how.
The unhappiest time of the day for many people is the commute to work and the happiest is the commute home. I did not see that on the infographic. I wonder if children see going to and from school the same way? I wonder about teachers?
So what engages employees? The drivers differ region to region and person to person, but employee engagement is largely about social connections happening in organizations and aligning work experiences with employees’ cultural needs.
What works varies by industry, location, company size, and how much money and resources the organization has to invest into developing its culture, and its value and philosophy around employee engagement.
But there are factors that all highly engaged workplaces have in common.
How do the best places to work succeed at employee engagement?
The other day I read a post that was curated here and it referred to an organization I worked in as 'cutting edge.' That would suggest it is a place where employees are engaged and is a good place to work. It is, but only after a person closes their door.
Yesterday, during my reading, I came across a passage that suggested in the last 20-30 years the moral purpose that brought teachers in education had dissipated, perhaps not totally disappeared, but moving there. It was a job without a capital J. This was based on research where interviews were conducted with many North American teachers over more than 60 years. It might be inaccurate and I hope it is, but what if it is not?
Educational managers should read this article and find out what needs to change in a culture where we close our doors to find happiness, encourage further isolation through digital connecting, and think this is good for children.
The fourth tip fits with giving your brain and mind a daily rest. I meditate for about an hour every day in two intervals. As hard as I find it, I am trying to read just to read. I have a yoga practice 2-3 times per week. All of these seem to contribute to a happier and healthier me overally.
Greek Gods, Narcissists and Psychopaths: What Do They Know about Empathy? by Debra Kaplan I am often asked how I went from Wall Street commodity option trader to trauma and sex addiction therapist....
As Dr. Dutton writes:
“It has traditionally been thought that psychopaths are all bad. Psychopaths are very good at persuasion due to a trait known as cold empathy. Our personalities are a mixture of elements with some turned up, and others turned down. There are jobs where high scores on the psychopathic spectrum can be advantageous, such as some areas of intricate, high risk surgery. People think that psychopaths do not have empathy, and that is true in the sense that they don’t have hot empathy, they aren’t able to really feel what you and I might be feeling.
But what they are very good at is gauging cognitively and dispassionately what we might be feeling. They’re very good actors. And of course if you don’t have those attendant hot buttons that go with sensing what state another person might be in, you can very easily push those buttons yourself without getting caught up in the heat of the moment.”
In a hyper-connected world, the busyness of life makes everything, including humans, into commodities. We have little time for our self let along the Other. Western culture is about individuals. The Japanese had to create a word for that when Admiral Perry showed up. Being a person is different than being an individual.
What is lost when children's lives become too scheduled?
Ivon Prefontaine's insight:
This article reminds me of John Dewey and Ken Robinson's work. It is about bringing the lived curriculum of the children into their learning. It is not about an imposed curriculum from outside. We can develop curricula that will meet the needs of the child today and the world tomorrow.