22: The Emperor does have clothes, and some stitching is loose

If you’re an educator, you’ve probably seen this video from Sir Ken Robinson a half-dozen times by now. I agree with the fact that the route to an education marginalizes a person’s true intrinsic values, and have experienced first-hand the dichotomy of how established hierarchies regard academic (intellectual) vs. vocational (economic) education.

However, I disagree with Sir Ken’s opinions about not grouping kids age-wise. It’s my opinion that Sir Ken has neglected a little aspect of life amongst adolescents, commonly referred to as puberty. ‘Nuff said.

I don’t pretend to know all the answers. In an age where educators are constantly looking for the next knowledgeable expert in the field, I would hope that educators retain their “academic” insight and their “vocational” common sense to appraise and argue any statement that is delivered from such intellects.

21: Teacher Wellness — anaerobic activities

Yes, yes…I realize that being well involves a wide range. One can read, paint, meditate, and so forth. Whatever activity assists in reducing stress, can be considered a wellness activity. As I’m currently in my fifth year of teaching, I know the importance of stress management.

It’s my preference to keep fit, and although my choice of activity is running long distance, I like to throw an anaerobic activity into the mix once in awhile. Fitnessblender.com is a website that I use to brush up an old routine, or incorporate a new routine when needed.

20: Grovo — social media’s Holy Grail?

As usual, I’m a day late and a dollar short. Far after my University paper was submitted, the one entitled “Issues affecting administrators’ implementation of social media for the communication of school related issues“, a colleague at work introduced me to Grovo today.

Grovo is a site that offers short video tutorials on how to use numerous social sites.

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Paris: Tuileries Garden

19: More Classroom Management rules…

Found on Slideshare. I will be implementing slides 14 & 15 in the classroom. After I convert them to classroom posters, affixed permanently to the wall, of course.

Newtown Tragedy

When hearing about the horrible news of the Newtown, CT tragedy last Friday, I’ve been reading Facebook posts, watching TV reports, and listening to the radio. I’ve been trying to detach myself from realizing how horrific the act was, because it is incomprehensible.

However, I find equally incomprehensible, the affection for firearms in America, especially when it extends towards semi-automatics. As a Canadian, I will be the first to admit that the United States of America is not my backyard. Perhaps, Nassim Taleb summarizes my viewpoint best, as I base my argument against guns simply by pointing out the logical fallacy of  argumentum ad antiquitatem. The era that society currently exists, is markedly different from that of the pioneers.

I’ve also read, viewed, and heard that mental health was a contributing factor to this unfortunate event. I will not refute that point. I agree with it. Mental health issues are also prevalent in the U.S.A., as they are in Canada.

But what about good ol’ fashioned idiocy?

Google “guns and educators”, and note the discounts offered to American teachers by American business owners, and the unwarranted views that American gun lobbyists spew forth. I hope I never see an American (or Canadian) day where a child enters a place of learning, where teachers as role models, are armed.

My sincere empathies to all families involved.

A Snowball’s Chance

A Nova Scotia community expressed their views upon a teachers possible return to work, , and rightfully so, after his guilty plea and conditional discharge for committing indecent public acts.

I have to admit, I do not envy the Administrator’s or Superintendent’s involved. This case went to the N.S. Provincial Supreme court, and back. Despite the lurid nature of the case, a fact reported by Michael MacDonald of The CanadianPress was, “The courts had ordered that the board engage in a so-called restorative approach to ensure Speight’s reintegration at the school went smoothly”.

In other news, it appears as if common sense is not that common in the N.S. Supreme Court.

It’s worthwhile to note that provincial Supreme Courts are structured different from the Federal Supreme Court, and I may be wrong, but I believe Speight may be able to appeal to the Federal Supreme Court regarding his individual rights.

In my personal opinion, as Speight freely acknowledged his guilt before the courts, I hope Speight simply looks for a new career, and lets the community settle and grow positively, with no more unnecessary interruptions.

Kind of like the teaching profession…

…except we try to enhance our career for the benefit of students, not ourselves. That’s why I don’t understand why the odd teacher will tend to be protective of their hard work. Share with colleagues, those initial steps start a path that others will fortify.

Pay it forward.