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Teacher, Writer, and Artist

Goodness, Evelyn. Good luck

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Goodness, Evelyn. Good luck to you.

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Teacher, Writer, and Artist

You're welcome, Rick! Teach

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You're welcome, Rick! Teach on! Never give up!

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Author, speaker, consultant

Evelyn, I would have written

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Evelyn, I would have written a similar comment if I hadn't slept on what Dixie Diarist wrote.
DD made me consider Mark Twains "I never let my schooling interfere with my education" more deeply. DD is telling it like it is. I have been railing against the sorry state of most schools and how so many teachers are not educators.
His last line is the stinger: "Becoming educated is a state of mind: the student’s. Becoming educated is always and ultimately up to the student and always will be."
I now have a new focus: Stop trying to change schools. Help students to learn from anything. it will show up on my next blog post on www.geniusinchildren.org next wednesday (that's when I post).
Thank you Evelyn and thank you Dixie Diarist.

Author of YA novel, special educator

Dixie Diarist says: "I think

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Dixie Diarist says: "I think I’ve figured out how we become educated. A teacher gathers his students in a classroom, shuts the door, and starts informing his students in the way he thinks the students will retain the information. The teacher’s ultimate hope is that the students will use the information, too. As the teacher teaches, he also demands that the students use their manners with him and each other."
I thought you were being facetious. How is this education? Students can get information anywhere these days. It is what they do with that information, the questions they ask, the skills they develop that will matter most to their future. They have to know how to find answers, too. I think the "sage on stage" model you present is outdated for today's world. Part of the problem is this idea of "shutting the classroom" door. The world is now, and should be, our classroom. "Students are not vessels to be filled, but candles to be lit."

Teacher, Writer, and Artist

STATE OF MIND. A STATE OF MINE

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I think I’ve figured out how we become educated. A teacher gathers his students in a classroom, shuts the door, and starts informing his students in the way he thinks the students will retain the information. The teacher’s ultimate hope is that the students will use the information, too. As the teacher teaches, he also demands that the students use their manners with him and each other.

The teacher’s principal, from time to time, pats the teacher on the back and tells him he’s doing a great job and how much we value your work here. From time to time, the principal tells the teacher where he could improve an area or a technique or something else he might try that worked for her when she was a teacher for so many years. The principal knows how a teacher is performing because she walks into his classroom from time to time and sits in a desk and watches him do his job. Principals are constantly asking their teachers in conversations here and there … Tell me what’s happening in your classroom these days. They get pacing guides and curriculum schedules, but the great principals love to see your face light up when you explain what great things are happening in your classroom these days.

The parents of the students constantly stress the value of education and good manners, sometimes not in that order, because a great parent knows that people notice if you have good manners long before they can tell if you’re educated. Great parents are not afraid to say the right thing and they are not afraid of the reactions of their kids. Great parents, when it comes to school issues and feelings and attitudes and desires, hand out tough love when needed. Great parents do not distract great teachers by pestering them with unreasonable and idiotic e-mailed requests, or conversations, or by sneaking around the teacher and going to the principal with their unreasonable and idiotic requests.

Students have to be tested in some way to see if they retained the important information. There’s no other way. It’s going to be some kind of test … some kind of quantification. A number that’s produced, or a letter: F, D, C, B, or an A. Plus or minus or right there in the middle. After that, it’s really up to the student to keep that information in their brain, not the teacher’s, although we sort of never forget because we love the information and it makes us happy to think about it every waking moment.

Becoming educated is a state of mind: the student’s. Becoming educated is always and ultimately up to the student and always will be.

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I believe that teachers need

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I believe that teachers need to have a balanced instruction. Students need to learn academic content and important life skills. The six skills outlined are essential to teach students. I am in college, majoring in education, and I will incorporate these skills into my lesson plans. I believe teachers need to help students develop in all areas. These tips will help teachers to facilitate student growth in all domains.

Language Arts, Grades 6,7,8. Catholic Cathechist Grade 6

At schools in the Toledo

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At schools in the Toledo Diocese of Ohio we focus on lifeskills and lifelong guidelines introduced by Indiana Public School Educator, Susan Kovalik. There are 18 lifeskills. We focus on a particular lifeskill for two weeks at a time. Sometimes this means direct instruction and activities. Othertimes we just encourage reflection all the while recognizing any time we see students exhibiting these lifeskills daily. There are so many teachable moments throughout the day. As a Catholic school we also connect these lifeskills to virtues, and fruits of the Holy Spirit. We look for role models of the lifeskills in the Saints.

4th grade teacher from Phoenix, Arizona

I truly believe that teachers

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I truly believe that teachers should not only focus on academic achievement but also regard social and emotional competencies as achievement. I want my students to become autonomous, self-regulating, intrinsically motivated individuals. When I see my students solving their own problems with their teammates, I celebrate it! This is an important life lesson that our students need to develop. I am constantly saying to them, "take responsibility for your leaning." I am very eager to read this book that you recommended. I teach children from poverty and I am looking forward to reading about Tough's insights and strategies for the demographics of children I teach everyday

4th grade teacher from Phoenix, Arizona

I truly believe that teachers

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I truly believe that teachers should not only focus on academic achievement but also regard social and emotional competencies as achievement. I want my students to become autonomous, self-regulating, intrinsically motivated individuals. When I see my students solving their own problems with their teammates, I celebrate it! This is an important life lesson that our students need to develop. I am constantly saying to them, "take responsibility for your leaning." I am very eager to read this book that you recommended. I teach children from poverty and I am looking forward to reading about Tough's insights and strategies for the demographics of children I teach everyday.

These rules seem like a great

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These rules seem like a great way to give students the tools they need to work through emotional set backs. As a adults, we all face problems that affect us emotionally. We learned this somewhere growing up. If students need this support at school, we need to give it. I woiuld love to larn more about this program.

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