Saturday, March 6, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Imagine auditioning for American Idol or any other job and you decide to perform or teach something that one of the judges or teachers created. Do you have the guts to perform it in your own way and interpretation? How much have you practiced the lyrics, guitar parts, singing into a mic or giving instructions, demonstrating, delivering the hook, etc...? There is a direct correlation of teacher candidate (TC) performance and planning/practice. The more you think and obsess about what you will teach, and practice it out loud.... the more likely you will be to improve upon it before you actually have to teach.
I know you can find Eminem song "Lose Yourself" but I think it is appropriate to compare his lyrics to the performance you must do each and every time you go to teach. Part anxiousness, confidence, uncertainty, hope....that is teaching to me. If you don't get excited to teach and you're not constantly thinking about how to get better, do better and be better - then I will personally help you find your TRUE path.
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted-One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?
His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy
There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti
He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready
To drop bombs, but he keeps on forgettin
What he wrote down, the whole crowd goes so loud
He opens his mouth, but the words won't come out
He's choking, how everybody's joking now
The clock's run out, time's up over, bloah!
Snap back to reality, Oh there goes gravity
Oh, there goes Rabbit, he choked
He's so mad, but he won't give up that
He won't have it , he knows his whole back's to these ropes
It don't matter, he's dope
He knows that, but he's broke
He's so stagnant that he knows
When he goes back to his mobile home, that's when it's
Back to the lab again yo
This this whole rhapsody
He better go capture this moment and hope it don't pass him
You better lose yourself in the music, the moment
You own it, you better never let it go
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo
Monday, March 1, 2010
Dr. Temple Grandin is an expert in animal sciences but it is her insight into her own autism that has really catapulted her profile and career. You can hear Grandin putting her support behind bringing back the trades and the hand-on careers back into schools as they definitely serve those who find it difficult to do 'regular' academic work.
An expert on animal behavior, Temple Grandin has designed humane handling systems for half the cattle-processing facilities in the US, and consults with the meat industry to develop animal welfare guidelines. As PETA wrote when awarding her a 2004 Proggy: “Dr. Grandin's improvements to animal-handling systems found in slaughterhouses have decreased the amount of fear and pain that animals experience in their final hours, and she is widely considered the world's leading expert on the welfare of cattle and pigs.”
Grandin’s books about her interior life as an autistic person have increased the world's understanding of the condition with personal immediacy -- and with import, as rates of autism diagnosis rise. She is revered by animal rights groups and members of autistic community, perhaps because in both regards she is a voice for those who are sometimes challenged to make themselves heard.
"Autism is part of who I am."