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Teaching is the noblest profession. When I was a kid, I dreamed of becoming a teacher.
Hoping that we can spread this concept of Teacher Driven Change to our colleagues and the parents of our students.
* Students are frustrated and checked out of education because they want to rebel -- this is an opportunity for us.* For our high achieving kids teachers still have a great deal of leeway to develop curriculum -- we need to build on that and translate it to lower achieving kids* We need to promote that if we want to be treated as proessionals we need to act like them -- we need to become active in TRUE professional learning communities.* We have the power and potential to put some teeth into digitial high school plans for technology...would give teachers the ability to use the resources without admin interference* We need to plan ahead for teacher cynicism about the common core standards. We need to reach out to those we love the art of teaching. We want to nurture "reflective practioners" and empower them.* there are still schools and districts where teachers are still allowed to be educational professionals..we need to build on that.* Our Goal for Education --- We need to stress the Art and the Calling of being a Teacher...get away from techniques.*
* When standards were adopted many teachers were uncomfortable but District attitude was "you will comply". We have an opportunity to make sure teacher "voice" is heard in rolling out Common Core Standards.* We would attend Summer Institute IPD strand this year but we start school that week.* IFT website is very impressive - lots of links to educational leaders information/articles from outside of the CTA world* Glad to see the CTA shift to talking about what is happening in classrooms. When we shift to professionalism our union leadership becomes some of the TOP teachers in the local. * Our publications preach to the choir -- we have an opportunity to tell our story of what is happening to public education to a larger audience. The general population has no idea of what has happened to critical thinking education in our system.* our goal has to be not to adjust to status quo of cult of testing...we need to clearly state "that is not the full measure of your child". * We want to get back to culture of a motivated teacher who is in love with education and loves teaching kids
* CTA needs to connect with districts regarding training on new common core standards.* We need to organize for the profession as a professional. We need to be the leaders of our profession. (like doctors are in charge of patient care)* We need to morph the definition of CTA into more than just a "union" because that assumes a lower role than district* our only public media is around political advocacy...not educational issues.* Teachers can be divided into Pre 1997 and Post 1997 -- whether they teach critical thinking skills
Here I am for the first time. Hope this works.
Just checking in from Region Two/Fresno Think Tank Meeting.
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