The teachers who inspired us, and even changed the trajectories of our lives

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This blog post begins by talking about Rita Pierson, a lady who is inspirational and discusses how to be a successful teacher in a video by TED. One way that she said you should teach your students is by making personal connections with them. I agree with this statement 100%, mostly because of personal experiences. I can look back to my educational history and pick out the classes in which I learned the most, and something that all of these teachers have in common is that they got to know me on a personal level and make connections with me. Some teachers feel as if it is a 9-3 job and then they are free to do what ever they want, not bringing work home with them. This is not the case especially if you have the desire to be a powerful teacher. In order to allow your students to make you feel as if you care about them and want to see them succeed, it is essential that you get to know them inside and outside of school, care about their interests, and show that you have things in common.
Rita also inspired her students and gave them the hope that they needed inorder to succeed in school. The saying that she gave them to repeat was “I am somebody. I was somebody when I came and I’ll be a better somebody when I leave. I am powerful and I am strong. I deserve the education that I get here’ … You say it long enough, it starts to be a part of you.” If this saying is coming from your teacher and you are repeating it over and over again, it is human instinct to begin to believe what you are repeating. In order to be successful in school, not only your teacher can have fait in you, you must have it in yourself, and this is a very good way to begin to install this faith and want to do well into your students.
Another good part about this blog post is that it allows you the opportunity to see what the qualities are that many different people found in their favorite teacher. This is a great resource to look back on when I become a teacher because I can see what it is that students appreciate and respond positively to.

TED Blog

Rita Pierson is the kind of teacher you wish you had. An educator for 40 years, she is funny, sharp and simply has a way with words — so much so that today’s talk feels a bit like a sermon.

[ted_talkteaser id=1728]In this talk, Pierson shares the secret to teaching students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds — make personal connections with them.

“I have had classes so low, so academically deficient that I cried. I wondered, ‘How am I going to take this group in nine months from where they are to where they need to be?” says Pierson, in this amazing talk. “I came up with a bright idea … I gave them a saying: ‘I am somebody. I was somebody when I came and I’ll be a better somebody when I leave. I am powerful and I am strong. I deserve the education that I get here’…

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PLN 6 Part 2

PLN 6 Part 2 (link to blog)

PLN 6 part 2

There is not that much that is written in this blog post, however I strongly agree with the short, yet accurate argument that is made here, as well as the video that is included which was done very well. The first portion that I agree with is that you must teach students in ways that interests them. This is a teaching technique that has been discussed in many of my classes and is important because it is proven that kids will be more inclined to pay attention, participate, and there for learn if the material is presented in a way that will get their attention and keep it because it is something they like.

Another important topic that was mainly discussed in this blog and in the video that is attached to the blog is that we should not be teaching students to get a specific answer on a specific test, we should be teaching them to get good answers. To me, this means that more than one answer may be correct, but it up to the students to then justify why they believe that is correct and show the reasoning behind it. We live in a world where nothing is black and white. Nothing has just one correct answer, so why are we trying to teach our students that there is only one correct answer for a specific question?