Tuesday, March 21, 2006

My thoughts on the greatest challenges I face


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great idea!

5:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Our national leaderhip is at present one our greatest challeges in the US.


5:58 AM  
Blogger Teresa said...

The greatest challenge is making students mad enough to stand up and be counted and work against the injustices of the world starting in the US! I work with students each day that are now willing to go out on the limb and be activists. We need to be seen and to be counted and to make change.

6:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assisting everyone in this room to encourage others to sue ICTs in classrooms.

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The lack of postive leadership in the real way to state the challenge.


6:05 AM  
Blogger wsucarlsen said...

We live in times when our lives and relationships take time to be sustained. Yet, there are so many things to do. This for me is a point of action but yet I can't commit to a new behavior.

Well, at my age perhaps I can give my time, talent, and efforts to 'the cause'. Where do I we (I) sign up?

Roger Carlsen

6:08 AM  
Blogger Diallo Sessoms said...

When I think of greatest challenges, I reflect on the civil rights movement. The leaders and workers got mad and stood up. We can learn from the effective nature of this movement. The civil rights movement is not a static phase in history. It is constantly changing and responding to a transformative society. The movement also included the work of children. Our challenge is to inspire today's children the way the civil rights movement inspired the youth. Inspired minds are easy to teach.

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To get more courses in prospective teachers curriculum that they can be more well prepared than their students...

6:13 AM  
Blogger Clement said...

The greatest challenge is breaking the traditional mold of the transmission models and fully embracing the interactive and participatory models; to convince policymakers that learning transcends cramming of "knowledge and to promote many dimensions of classroom interaction. From a "Developing Country" acquiring adequate resources is always a challenge but not as challenging as promoting change.

6:17 AM  
Blogger S. Midland said...

How do we passionately advocate? I hope your keynote can streamed to the White House!

6:18 AM  
Blogger Mike Muir said...

Getting secondary school teacher candidates to realize that they have to teach all the students, not just the ones who want to be in their class. Convincing them that even the "hard to teach" kids can learn if we try and helping those teacher candidates learn the strategies for reaching those students - especially in a high school and university culture that largely does not embrace that position - I become the prof with great ideals that don't match the classrooms they are doing their field experiences in....

6:19 AM  
Blogger Joseph Ugoretz said...

One of the biggest challenges we face is that American culture generally does not value intellectual or educational achievement..except as and when it pays off in monetary or competitive advantage. So, in general, the talk about standards and "leaving children behind" is only about success in the marketplace, and not success in intellectual, critical, aesthetic or emotional contexts.

6:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Balancing the demands of day-to-day work with the time needed for creative problem-solving.

6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...getting school leadership to get their eyes on the right ball...

6:23 AM  
Blogger UAS Ed Tech said...

My biggest challenge is how to keep the excitement that ed technology deserves in the forefront of my colleagues' minds when there are diminishing funds for technology in higher ed and k12 education and budget cuts on campuses everywhere. Competing demands for increased accountability and assessment in higher ed seems to ignore the role that technology should play in managing and shaping ongoing and effective assessment. With PT3 grants, I could be the mouse that roared in discussions but the diminishing visibility of technology in teacher education has changed me into a squeak. My graduate students are writing and receiving US Dept of Ed grants and are so excited. Now these funds are threatened too and I wonder if technology in k12 education is headed for the same lean years and diminished capacity.



6:26 AM  
Anonymous Christa said...

Although the Civil Rights may have united the country into action, and I believe in most of the outcomes. I, however; believe many of the issues we run into education in this country is a direct result of the belief that all children can learn equally and wish to learn equally. Not all, not most, desire to go to college. I believe all children can learn, but need to have a some say in what they study.

As a result of this push we have not only set some students up for failure, but complete and totally unhappiness and complacency. As in other countries we need to rethink our educational goals and let our students select their path. Give students all the ICT literacy skills they need to be successful in the 21st Century, and then allow them to choose either college or career paths of study.

The future is theirs. Our future relies on their success. We need to guide them in a direction that serves their best needs not what Civil Rights deems to be politically correct.

6:32 AM  
Blogger Diallo Sessoms said...

Janet said that she wondered how she could get African-American students to think about the future in terms of education. She asked the class, "What do you want from me?" What they want is to be loved and accepted. What they need is for the "institution" to change. The lack of trust for education and other institutions are collective cultural artifacts that reflect the nightmare of growing up black in America. Education is a long time tool in the African diaspora. The first slaves to run were those who learned to read and write. This is the spirit that African-American students are missing.

6:33 AM  
Anonymous k8cooke said...

One of the challenges that I have been facing of late is remaining positive and energized about education with the pitfalls we face with budgets, administrations who lack awareness, other teachers who are apathetic or just plain tired, and studente who no longer feel that a school is a good place to be. Why am I choosing this profession?

Then I see those students that take ownership of their learning. They challenge their teacheres for excellence in the classroom and beyond it. They get excited over making a good grade on a hard project, want to work collaboratively and ask for more to get to their goals, not what the SOLs tell them the goal is supposed to be. And when they get into college or find a good first job that they wanted, not just one that pays the car insurance and a tank of gas, and some take more classes later in their lives, I start to remember why I am choosing this career.

6:34 AM  
Blogger Sonia said...

From the posts on the site blog, I can figure out what the keynote address was about and somehow what the content was!! I feel great in doing so. Last week I was talking to my friend who's daughter is in Grade 8 about what kind of educational softwares do they use in schools? I was surprised when I came to know that they have two different class sections. One is advanced and the other one is normal. The normal section deals with the softwares and the advanced section does not use them. Where we are trying to reach and where we are going? It is good that atleast one of the section uses technological tools but I am hoping we could somehow reach to the other section also!!

7:39 AM  
Blogger Janet Swenson said...

For those who are working directly with K-12 teachers interested in organizing for change, you might take a look at a book that one of my good friends wrote: TEACHERS ORGANIZING FOR CHANGE, by Cathy Fleischer. Cathy's husband, Andy Buschbaum, is a lawyer and has been an environmental activist most of his life. He has provided Cathy with some help thinking through how change occurs.

I know we're all overwhelmed, and it's hard to carve out concrete steps that are "doable" in our daily lives yet "big enough" that they feel consequential. All we can each do is...something...just something to keep the fire burning...


6:44 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

I listened to your keynote address this evening.....Can you hear me now? Wow! Wonderful! Not to change the subject, but I am on our school's health committee. And right now it seems that everybody in the world needs to be learning as much about the avian flu virus as we can in preparation in case it becomes a pandemic, that is, when it starts going from human to human.....when the virus mutates to that extent. All of the health experts that I read say that everybody needs to learn as much about it as they can right now. I asked an MD here in Little Rock, Arkansas, about it....that is, what should schools do if it becomes a pandemic. And he said at the snap of a finger to close schools immediately. Isolation rather than congregation. My fear is that school administrators are not as aware about the potential problem as they need to be.

I can identify with you being from Michigan in that I grew up the first 18 years of my life in Port Huron, Michigan. While you were teaching, I was on a US Navy ship periodically in Vietnam during 1967-68.

The other thing that educators need to be pushing for is year-round education. It is past time that school buildings be used during the summer months rather than stay closed and unused. It is past time that teachers be given the opportunity to teach more days during the calendar year so that their yearly salary more nearly reaches that of other professions where people work more days during the year. Year-Round (YR) schools also help the students.


Paul J. Smith, Ed.D.
Facilitator (Teacher)
Accelerated Learning Center
Little Rock School District

9:37 PM  
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6:39 AM  

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