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    miss SPED

    Your teaching diaries always touch me very deeply.

    You do good works and are no doubt under appreciated by the administration and by many parents.

    You are an inspiration to me.

    To share a story, I have become the "go to guy" for 4th year engineering students who no longer want to be engineers.  They feel that they have wasted 5 years (we're co-op, so it takes 5) on learning things that they no longer want to use.

    I tell them, truthfully, that education never goes to waste.  And while the technical things they have learned may not be directly applicable, their engineering education has trained them in a way of thinking that will easily transfer to any other work.

    They push on the wasted time meme more and say "I don't know how to do anything else".  I ask them to reflect back on their work terms (4 month stints of real employment).  I get them to think about all of the "non-technical" things they did.  To think about the other non-techs they worked with.

    With that in mind, I asked them what they found the most interesting.  From there, they start to see that the working world is more (much more) than just technology.  This tends to make them happier.

    They also tend to ask me about a Master's degree in my department.  Depending on their strengths and interests, I either suggest it or suggest something else, usually working for a few years to figure out a better path.

    A master's degree is not something to help you run away from something.  It should be something to which you aspire for a good reason.  Armed with that information, they tend to be happier.

    Keep fighting the good fight, how lucky your students are to have you as their teacher/guidance counselor.  

    -6.5, -7.59. Dump Harry Reid. Put in someone who can rid us of Holy Joe Lieberman.

    by DrWolfy on Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 05:28:43 AM PDT

    •  actually, on this I have to disagree (1+ / 0-)
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      miss SPED

      when you write

      You do good works and are no doubt under appreciated by the administration and by many parents.

       that has not been my experience.

      Let me quote from an email a parent sent me while inviting me to his daughter's presentation of her honors project at College this past school year:

      You have been a tremendous positive influence on Lauren's education and life.  Speaking with other parents of your students, we know that you have opened many minds.  This is something that is hard to quantify when evaluating the teaching (as opposed to "instructing") that goes on in our schools, but those of us who have witnessed the difference that you have made in our children appreciate it, and Jean and I personally thank you.

      As far as administration:  I have worked now for five principals in three buildings.  Only in one did I ever have any problems, and that changed once they got used to how different I was compared to other teachers they had, and they saw the effect of my approach on my students' willingness to engage with the work.  

      I have been far more fortunate than most teachers, that I realize.  But I cannot say that I have been unappreciated.  I work in a very large district (almost 140,000 students), and have taught children of school board members who have thanked me.  People at the highest level of our district seem willing to support me in what I do.  

      So I cannot say that I have not been appreciated, by administrators, parents or by students.  

      Peace.

      Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH! If impeachment is off the table, so is democracy

      by teacherken on Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 05:50:07 AM PDT

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