Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Blog Post 10

Teacher's Rock!

Do you Teach or Do you Educate?
I really enjoyed watching this clip. I chose to fulfill the career path as an educator because I want to make a difference in children's lives. I intend to educate through creativity and inspiration. I hope to find ways in my educating to help students engage in a subject area fully rather than doing it just because they have to. I hope that I can give an assignment and due to my teaching have my students enjoy the researching process rather than it being a duty.

I hope my students will not look an assignment and the first thing they look at is the due date and wait until the night before to being the project. I want to educate my students in way that they are so intrigued and full of ideas for a project that they can hardly wait to being the assignment. I will try to find different ways to create an impact on all my students not just a few or half. I hope to never get comfortable, I want to always take risks and find new ways to educate keeping my classroom entertained, intrigued, and focused!

Tom Johnson's Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home! presents his argument in a humorous way yet keeping the topic serious and important. Johnson is stating that people feel students should not use pencil and paper outside of the classroom due to lower standardize test scores. The argument is many feel that if a child is creating at home for personal joy that they will share the same incentive while in a classroom, instead of having a serious learning mindset. Many feel that this will create a carefree personality in a student. By finding projects for students to do at home incorporating fun, entertainment, and learning Johnson expresses the importance of creating outside of the classroom. Even when faced with a situation of the child straying away from the assignment given and playing a game, he/she is still in some way learning. As educators we must not be close minded to different ways of learning! We must think outside of the box and explore, even in a game of tic-tac-toe a child is still practicing drawing, thinking, and analyzing a situations. I think Johnson's title is meant to be sarcastic yet intriguing for educators to think in a different way!

Let children learn


  1. Your view on Tom Johnson's post is great! Did you notice that pencils were "code" for computers? I didn't initially. But still, great job.

  2. Nevertheless, you missed the metaphor so you get the missed metaphor Additional Assignment. You are not the first.

    Additional Assignment: Read these three posts:

    1. Metaphors: What They Are and Why We Use Them

    In that post there is a Special Assignment. Do that assignment in a new post which is Additional Post #1. It does NOT substitute for Blog Post #14 as it did in the Spring semester.

    Due midnight Sunday November 20, 2011.

    2. Metaphor Discussion Update

    3. Jennifer Asked: Why Use Metaphors? Here is My Answer

    4. For more information also see:
    You Missed the Point! It's Not A Pencil…"