The changes in education have become apparent when I switched districts this year. Administrators alike have been struggling through teachers’ blood, sweat, and tears to close the achievement gap between at-risk students and students that have met benchmark. The overall goal is to close the gap between America and the rest of the world. The math skills children have are insufficient to reach the outcome desired to build a more independent and stronger United States. When was the last time a great invention was made to make life easier rather than just for entertainment? I’ve decided my goal in my attempt to help close this growing gap is to better educate myself in the fields that are most needed. Mathematics is my strength, but science is neglected all to often in Elementary school. I have found a graduate program that offers science content for educators. I would love to focus on analytical chemistry! I have also signed up to take the GRE this month. Not that I really need it for this graduate program, but because I want to see how I will do. Maybe it will sway me to get out of the education field if I do well enough and go for a different career. I am still in between deciding if I want to stay or if I want to work towards something else. Switching districts has encouraged me to stay, but I was burned pretty bad in my last. I was starting to believe learning was no longer allowed to be fun. It was a chore for many of the students, as it was a chore for me to teach the scripted program. I loved going to see my kids everyday, and I am definitely thankful for everything I learned about literacy instruction. I’m proud to say I no longer have to drill students to a point of robotic responses.
Enough ranting… Back to planning purposeful lessons to close that gap.
Yo! Deleted all of my previous posts, mainly because they went as far back as to the dinosaur ages to when I was still in college. Yikes, right? I need to update this place more often… Anyway… Love my new job, love my new dog, love my family, love my friends, etc etc… You know the deal. I’m awful at blogging. I need to think of something more educated and important to talk about. When I think of it, I’ll let you know.
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