Sunday, April 8, 2012

Blog post 10

Educator vs. Teacher

educate to innovate
I enjoyed the video Educator vs. Teacher .
I chose to go into education because I feel this is my way of being able to contribute to society. I want to be able to share the knowledge I have with the students I come into contact with. I believe the little things are what can carry our young people a long way such as, respect and being enlighten about different things in life. I would love to show children, who are less fortunate, how they can be productive citizens. Values and morals all have an affect on being a productive citizen in our world. I want to encourage, enlighten and inspire children. I would say these few facts lead me to be an educator. 

Education is more than just giving children information as to how to do a particular type of math, reading, or other type of learning lesson. I think being an educator broadens the horizon that we have to work with. There is always something to share with the students, when you are an educator, because the resources are unlimited. I have learned in EDM310 that I don't have to just use books to educate my students. There is a large array of options in how I educate them. I look forward to utilizing everything that I have learned. I want to leave lasting impressions on my students. I want them to know the basics needed in life to be successful and its not just what the books have to offer.  

Tim Johnson's Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home!

In this blog post Don't Let Them Take The Pencils Home by Tim Johnson, the one thing that stood out to me is the fact that the counselor was willing to rely on a journal article that really didn't specifically apply to her student body. She was willing to just let them take the drill and kill tests, which are known to lead to failure. I think Tim Johnson sharing his thoughts in this matter were very important. He basically believes that something so simple as a pencil can be used to teach children other skills. Using pencils engages a students creativity. The counselor was only focused on standard testing which only benefits the school really. I believe like Mr. Johnson, that there are several different levels of learning and when standardized tests are put in place limits are placed on learning.  


  1. LaShunda,

    I do not think you got the sarcasm of "Tom Johnson." Go back to the blog post and explore his website a little bit more and see what you can find out.

  2. LaShunda,

    Great work! I think that it's very important for everyone who is born into this world, to do something to contribute to society. Whether that means going to college, learning a trade, or whatever it may be, everyone should do something to make a difference. Becoming an educator, is one of the highest levels of contributing, in my personal opinion. I think it's great that you want to contribute my making a difference in children's lives. Like you mentioned, we have learned so much in EDM this semester. I'm sure you will be able to share what we've learned this semester with your students in the future!

    Keep it up!