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Knowledge Management

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As i mentioned a term i.e. knowledge management is the key tool towards making the teaching process more tech savvy and effective.Working in insignificant periphery would lead us to no-where. However one can manage the accumulated knowledge in better manner and make the learning process effective and novel.

Publisher, Wandering Educators

I love this - and also want

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I love this - and also want to say that technologically, we can learn from and with our students. It behooves us to keep up with them, to help guide their online choices and use critical thinking skills in the world today.

English Teacher

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I think your post is so true. Many teachers become disheartened and frustrated with this system, but I think many systems are like this. It is interesting that you sound like you might leave the profession as a "formal" teacher and instead develop a role in education in some other realm. Maybe this is what we need to do; start moving toward more powerful, changing positions to help make the change? Thoughtful blog. Thanks!

Some teachers are creating

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Some teachers are creating new teaching, learning and school management practices. They have the collective authority to make the decisions influencing whole school success. My colleagues and I have identified more than 50 schools where this is happening and we studied 11 of them in depth. We just published a book describing their work at called Trusting Teachers with School Success: What Happens When Teachers Call the Shots. www.trustingteachers.org

Special Education Teacher from Hillside NJ

Heather, I agree with you

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Heather, I agree with you when you say teachers wears many hats. In many cases, I have to be the mom, the disciplinarian, the protective one, the one to stand up for my students as well as an educator.

Staying relevant in what is

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Staying relevant in what is happening in education is very important to the students and teachers professional development. We as teachers do need to invest in our professional in order to provide the type of education experiences that will be beneficially in the 21st century.

I agree with you, I see many

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I agree with you, I see many teachers leaving the profession or supplementing their incomes by getting a secondary job. It is a sad affair. Teaching as a profession is ever evolving and we as teachers need to continue to evolve with it. Investing in yourself and what you are good at is important and that is exactly why I am completing a masters in special education. I want to be part of the positive change in education and I want to be able to do that with atleast a foot in the classroom. As educators we can not sit back and hope for change. We need to be apart of it.

I agree with you, I see many

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I agree with you, I see many teachers leaving the profession or supplementing their incomes by getting a secondary job. It is a sad affair. Teaching as a profession is ever evolving and we as teachers need to continue to evolve with it. Investing in yourself and what you are good at is important and that is exactly why I am completing a masters in special education. I want to be part of the positive change in education and I want to be able to do that with atleast a foot in the classroom. As educators we can not sit back and hope for change. We need to be apart of it.

The problem is more basic

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While I love the advice to "find what you're good at, and invest in yourself," there's something else we must do if we're going to actually address the difficulties discussed here. That is we have to invest in teaching in a way that makes teaching into a true profession (I.e., we need to gain control of our own membership). Right now the teaching occupation is being pushed around and at the mercy of larger forces that are determined to comodify education. Only when we become one of the larger forces (by becoming a true profession) will we actually be able to influence policy. Until then, we're only working at the insignificant periphery.

English teacher; Assoc. Dir. of Accomplished California Teachers

Big ideas require policy shifts

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Heather, I'm right there with you in the pursuit of ways to stay in teaching and also be part of an evolving profession and workplace. With that goal in mind, I helped write this report with policy recommendations aimed at California's legislature and school boards. I certainly hope California teachers will take a close look and help spread the word, but it might interest teachers in other states, too.
http://accomplishedcaliforniateachers.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/new-repor...

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