Sunday, April 8, 2012

Blog post #10

Teacher vs. Educator

One of my biggest goals is to become a teacher.  I want to experience life through teaching others. Not only do I want to teach, I want to educate. I have a willingness to help student achieve. I have a great dedication to student's excellence. I intend to be an advocate for students. I intend to look at things and explain material in different ways.  I intend to instill great moral and values in students.

 Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home!- Tom Johnson

Immediatley after ready this post, I thought back to Dr. Scott Mcleod's post, Don't Teach Your Kids This Stuff, Please! This post talks about not allowing children to bring pencils home because, students who use pencils at home have lower standardized test scores.  There's a fear that when pencils are taken home, they're used for entertainment purposes only.  However, there's a much bigger message. I think it's safe to say that the pencils actually represents technology! No one wants to believe technology will be beneficial to the classroom.  The post shows that whether it shows or not, learning can take place if pencils and technology are used for entertainment.  It is up to us as educators to enhance learning through these such tools in a way that it is engaging for students.   We also should allow students to use technology or pencils in anyway they want to faciliatate in their own learning.


  1. Hi Courtney!
    I agree that we should desire to be both an educator and a teacher. There will be times when we will need to create order and provide structure in our classrooms and other times when we will need to motivate students to "think outside the box".

    Good luck in all your future endeavors!
    Heather Weaver

  2. Hey Courtney!

    You saw the metaphor in Tom Johnson's post! Great job! I think metaphors are a popular way to get a point across. What do you think?

    Good job Courtney,

    Stephen Akins