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Is Teaching a moral effort as much as an Intellectual enterprise?

Slater (2008) stated the following: “Teaching is as much a moral effort as it is an intellectual enterprise.” Is it?

Teaching is as much a moral effort as it is an intellectual one. Although teachers cannot and sometimes do not profess their moral choices in the workplace and in the classroom, they often exhibit characteristics by how they live and operate. A popular motivational speaker noted that people groups and organizations take on the personality of their leader (J. Maxwell, personal communication, summer 1997). When a teacher is leading a group of students in class, building relationships with them as a group, and teaching them on a daily basis, students begin to take on her personality and act in similar ways. These actions are characteristic of an early childhood classroom when young children imitate the teacher and begin saying similar things and acting in similar ways. They want to be the teacher.

The teacher’s values are reflected in her teaching practices by how she conducts herself and how she reacts to classroom situations. If she has a high-energy personality, she will react with more energy than someone who has learned to see the full picture of situations before reacting. A teacher with good values and high morals will likely react at a calmer pace rather than make quick responses. Regardless of a teacher’s values and morals, she must present herself in a professional manner that students can respect and pattern themselves to follow. She is a leader in a professional organization and must put aside strong feelings and be able to present both sides of situations and cases. By teaching equally to both sides, she is teaching and allowing students to think for themselves and make educated decisions based on facts, not feelings or thoughts from others.

I was surprised by the statistic in the article about most teachers being in the 40s age group and the media age of teachers being 46 (Slater, 2008). I would have thought that if teachers graduate from college with a Bachelor’s degree at 22 then the average age would be lower. However, Slater (2008) did state that teacher tenure is about 14 years, so that would land teachers near 40. One major question that comes to my mind about the short teacher tenure is about how colleges are preparing teachers for the field. Are they giving them an adequate picture of teaching requirements and a full view of teacher expectations? Many times beginning teachers enter the classroom with strong goals and ideas but are shut down because of restrictions and guidelines to follow and complete. They feel their creative spirits are stripped away to get through the required standards and testing requirements. Teaching is a creative field, and teachers must demonstrate their creative work by meeting student needs individually (Bramwell, Reilly, Lilly, Kromish, & Chennabathni, 2011). All teachers are creative and must juggle creative needs to meet student needs based on their own values as well as student values. Teacher values show in how they interact with students in dealing with each individual need and situation.

References

Slater, R. (2008). Education Next. American Teachers: What Values Do They Hold? http://educationnext.org/american-teachers/

Bramwell, G., Reilly, R. C., Lilly, F. R., Kronish, N., & Chennabathni, R. (2011). Creative teachers. Roeper Review, 33(4), 228-238. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com.library.capella.edu/docview/1283786991?accountid=27965

 

The Power Bible Review

powerbibleIf you are looking for a way to get children interested in reading and the Bible, the Power Bible is a different choice for them. This Bible story book is written like a comic book with colorful pictures and images.

The chapters are divided into sections to cover individual Bible stories. There are creative characters in each story drawn as cartoon characters.

Many of the characters are drawn to look like children themselves so children can place themselves in the stories and feel a personal life application as they read.

 

Published by Green Egg Media, the Bible story book is written on a younger elementary reading level with easy-to-read words and language.

 

This is Not my Hat video book reading

notmyhatThis is Not my Hat by Jon Klassen is a new Caldecott Award book for young preschool students. The pictures on each page are big and colorful, yet simple.

This is a good book for preschool lessons on fish and under the sea themes. This book can be incorporated into lessons on the letter Hh for hat or Ff for fish.

A fun activity about the ending to the book would be to have students write or draw their own endings about what they think happened, how they think the big fish got the little hat back, or what happened to the little fish. Talk about the facial expressions of the big fish. What mood does his mouth suggest? How does its mood change from the beginning to the end of the book?

There are many discussions and activities to which this book can lead.

Click on the link to read and follow along:

Groundhog Day video book reading

Groundhog Day, written by Gail Gibbons, is a great book for preschool students to explain why we celebrate Groundhog Day every year on February 2. This book explains the tradition of the day and gives a description of the groundhog as an animal.

Click on the video link to listen and read along to the story:

Martin Luther King Jr video book reading

mlkjrMy First Biography: Martin Luther King, Jr , written by Marian Dane Bauer and illustrated by Jamie Smith, is a good book to read for preschool students. This book gives an easy explanation of why we celebrate MLK Day every January. Young children can see and begin to understand the reasons for the changes in the laws related to black people and white people.

Click on the link to listen and read along to the book:

 

Strega Nona video book reading

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Strega Nona is a Caldecott Award winning classic book of an old tale written and illustrated by Tomie dePaola.

Click on the video link to listen and read along with this classic tale:

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