Sunday, October 31, 2010

Blog #10

An Open Letter To Educators

Morgan shared a video done by Dan Brown. I truly enjoyed this video and could relate to it. The way professors teach and expect it to really make a difference in our career I do not understand. I actually would love to not be in college right now, but you can not get a teaching certificate without it. The teaching method most professors use are just like Dan said and Dr. Strange refers as "burp back education". This method really needs to change! How can someone really say how smart someone is by teaching this way. All they are really doing is memorizing enough information to pass the test. Usually, they forget the material the same day they take the test.

I recommend everyone to watch Dan's video on Morgan's post.

Don't Let Them Take Pencils Home

Mr. Spencer posted an interesting post about students taking pencils home. I thought it was great how he got the parents involved. He also said he did not care if they were playing a game using the pencil as long as they were using it. I agree with this concept. I do not want to hold a student back from learning and playing a game does not mean they are not learning.

This was not a long post to read, but worth the read. Here is John Spencer's post.

My Sentence

I really liked my sentence from last semester...She made sure every child knew they could accomplish anything they set their mind to.

My sentence now would be...Did I really do the BEST that I could that day and if I did not then I need to try harder the next day.

I highly recommend everyone to watch Daniel Pink's video and think about your sentence.


  1. Alissa, I enjoyed reading your post and I can really tell that you understood the materials required for it! I agree, something must be done about the burp back method. I feel like I have wasted so much of my time in some classes because all I do is learn the material long enough to take the test!I also really like your sentence! I think it is a good sentence that can really be used in a broad area of goals and achievements! Your blog looks great! Keep up the good work!

  2. Excellent post Alissa!

    I agree, we must do what we must do to get where we want to be. Dan Brown's video does ignore an important fact about education, the "Degree". Sure he may do a lot better on his own and more power to him. However, we have an educational system and employers have their requirements and many times (especially for good paying jobs) that is a degree or some kind of proof of higher education. I certainly understand his frustration but I'm not sure abandoning the entire system is going to be productive. Of course, I could be wrong. SS