Poll Question: When you become a K-12 educator, how would you make sure that teaching is no longer being downgraded?

Only 3 people answered my poll question. The results are below.

2 Teach is
2 Touch lives
4 Ever

Educators should be given more in credit in what they love to do. Being an educator will not get you a hefty check and that is very sad. You don’t get a profession for the money (some people do), but in order for you and your family to have a comfortable life, you need financial stability. An educator helps to pave a road for their students. They want to make sure that their students succeed in life. Who doesn’t?!?!

Poll respondent #1 feels that once their students learn, their job is done. I agree. If my students are learning the material being taught, I will be happy with myself. I will feel a sense of accomplishment, which is always a good thing.

I think that my students will be an example of what kind of teacher I am, therefore, I will not be downgraded. ~ Poll respondent #2

Poll respondent #2 is confident in their career. If I am a great teacher, I will expect nothing less of my students. If you are in my class, you represent me. IF YOU FAIL, I FAIL!

By demanding to be treated as a professional, people will be forced to change their opinion about teachers. We are skilled people and we have to demand respect . ~ Poll respondent #3

Poll respondent #3 will demand respect. As I tell people, you don’t have to like me, but you will respect me. If you are a professional, you should be treated as one.

Dan Meyer

this guy is a math teacher who teaches math to remedial students. He mentions that too many teachers ignore conceptual understanding and expect students to memorize procedures. Students that don’t try are often the smart ones.

I like when he said Math makes sense of the world and how important it is to learn it.

It can be found here: 

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Asking Yourself and your class about the Future of Education

We’re going to be watching a number of videos from the 2010 TEDxNYED conference which featured a wonderful set of thinkers on issues we are facing or will face in education. There are 14 speakers in total and you will be assigned one of the videos at random.

The resulting assignment will involve you creating two blog posts. One in which you describe the speaker and poll your classmates about their talk. And a second post in which you summarize the results of your poll.

In the first blog post you will need to embed the video of your speaker as you see I have with the talk by Andy Carvin.


Next you will summarize a few of the key points of the talk that are of interest to you. Be sure to quote the speaker as appropriate and attribute with a link based on the specific point in the video (this is possible in a Youtube link which includes a time stamp). Here is an example.

After the link to the video you must include #t=00m00s, where the minutes and seconds are changed to the point in the video you wish to link to. These links to quotes in the video will be important so that your peers can watch and listen to the quotes you are referring to.

Finally you will pose a question to the class using Google’s form tool and embed it into the post. Paste the embed code of the form in your post while in the HTML view. You will need to make a couple of minor edits to the embed code described below:

The question you ask should be one in which your peers are giving their opinion based on a point of interest in the talk. It’s possible that the question could be a rephrasing of a question that the speaker is trying to answer in the talk.

In the second blog post, you will need to summarize the data from your poll. Please include specific quotes from the poll to make your point. You can refer to the individual making the point by the number assigned to poller in the resulting spreadsheet. Finally give us some feedback on the results of the poll. Did it affect your original opinion in any way? Do you think your perspective on the talk was clear to your peers?