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Monday, September 12, 2011

Teaching and You. Decision or Vocation?

I've often heard student's decisions to entering the teaching profession and it has always made me really wonder why they "want" to become a teacher.  Let's discuss our influences and the forces that are rapidly changing the education landscape regionally, nationally, and internationally.
Here is the link to all our text materials including online quizzes.  

These are the guiding questions to the first chapters. As you write daily for your blog (~250 words), be sure to pull in stories of your education and the stories and issues affecting your school district.  Find out what has changed since you were a student and incorporate information from your 256 interviews and observations.  Link to these online sources whether they be articles, tweets, RSS feeds, etc...  The more informed and connected you are will hopefully lead to better decisions and actions for your own program's advocacy.
1. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being a teacher?

2. What are the satisfactions—and complaints—of today's teachers?
3. Can we consider teaching to be a profession?
4. How has teacher preparation changed over the years?
5. What are the differences between the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers?
6. What traits and characteristics are needed for successful teaching?
7. Is teaching a "good fit" for you?

AFT Union President Randi Weingarten from Intelligence Squared US on Vimeo.

1. How do cognitive, affective, and physiological factors impact learning?

2. How can teachers respond to different learning styles?
3. What are the classroom implications of Howard Gardner's theory of multiple intelligences?
4. How does emotional intelligence influence teaching and learning?
5. How can teachers meet the diverse needs of an increasingly multicultural student population?
6. What are the different levels of multicultural education?
7. What are the political and instructional issues surrounding bilingual education?
8. How are the needs of special learners met in today's classrooms?
9. Does technology exacerbate racial, class, geographic, and gender divisions?
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