Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Schools Would Be If It Weren't For The Students PLN9

          "Schools Would Be Great If it Weren't for The Kids" by Alfie Kohn(Valerie Strauss) denies the idea that teachers are what is wrong with school and says that it is students faults because of their lack of motivation and willingness to learn. Kohn writes that students have lost a lot of motivation to learn from what kids have when they are very young. He questions why they have lost this and if it is traced to achievement of students. He believes that students should not be judged by the overall improvement on the standardized tests. Alfie Kohn is an expert on students in education who has written twelve books about education and behavior. He has a lot of experience to back up his claim that students are what's wrong with education. Although teachers are often blamed for the lack of success in schools Kohn believes that students are the problem.
          The ideas stated in "Schools Would Be Great If it Weren't for The Kids" by Alfie Kohn(Valerie Strauss) are correct because students motivations has vanished and without it they have no intent to do well in school. Bribing or threatening may cause students to try but the motivation is not good. These weights over students heads often make them less interested in learning and lead to them despising school. Students are motivated by many things like getting into college, curiosity,   respect or impressing but when these fail to effect a student they tend to fall behind which is seen more often today than ever. Many students can relate to this because students  do get lazy and take short cuts. Whether it is putting that project off until the night before of waiting to do your homework before class. Laziness often shows on students who do good on tests and quizzes but are falling behind because they have not done a single homework assignment for that class. Students often will say " It's not due for awhile so I won't do until tomorrow!" but tomorrow never comes. This relationship between laziness and motivation is direct because student that are not motivated will be more lazy. Relating back to "a What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents" by Ron Clark who talks about how teachers should not be blamed for a students downfalls because the grade given to a student is shown by how hard they worked on that. Teachers can only do so much for students but it takes the students motivation to work and succeed for them to reach their student achievements.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents

"What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents" by Ron Clark identifies why teachers are having much shorter careers because the negativity of the parents. Clark shows parents need to  trust the teachers, respect the teachers and work with the system. Parents need to remember that they should have a relationship with parents that purely business and always professional. They need to trust that the teachers decision or actions are usually the best for the child. Parents also need to strive to believe what the teacher says because they are more trust worthy. Ron Clark knows these fears of teachers from his many years of teaching and he knows what it is like when a parent does not agree with a grade or decision made. Parents need to realize that teachers are there to help their children and are professional educators who know about teaching and what's right.
The ideas unveiled by Ron Clark in "What Teachers Really Want to Tell Parents" are true because many times parents get too involved in teachers and take things personally because they think that the teachers strategies or ideas are wrong. Teachers want parents to know that the grade that they got on a test is what they deserved and if the grade is not satisfactory they should not judge the teacher but examine their kid and his habits. Clark shows how even though the parents think that he should have gotten a better grade it does not matter because a grade is an educated reasoning of how well the students on an assignment. Taking advice from the teachers is the best way to go instead of getting personally offended. When he tells you that your child is not doing well in a subject then maybe get him a tutor or extra help. Don't blame the teacher for his faults because many teachers give as much to the students as they can, like allowing them  to come get help on off periods or ask question. Work with the teachers to help your child succeed in the class don't accuse them of hurting your child's grade because it's not their fault. Don't take anything that the teacher does personally. If your boss at work said you did not do good on your last assessment or quarter you would not blame them, so don't blame the teachers. If your child tells you something that a teacher did that you do not approve meet with the teacher but do not cut to conclusions and use them or try to get them fired. These things cause many worries upon teachers heads. They don't go to school to deal with parents but they are having to more. Parents need to take a step back and observe from the teachers perspective, don't cut to conclusions or become personally offended by them and try to ruin their career.