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*regret* would share on teaching?
October 25, 2005
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I read in your other thread that you take teaching very seriously being the daughter of two teachers. I dont have much teaching experience for my age (46). It wasnt my first choice but now I teaching ESL privately. I gave lessons to some colleagues while on my master's on educational technology which seemed easier to me than facing a group of kids or adults now. It has gotten worse as I felt the need to focus and recover from divorce and a bunch of things. How much does one need to be into the ed system to keep pace with things, how much of a leader do you need to be to play the role of a good teacher. In my country, it seems not different than elsewhere, I think, schools are revamping all the time but keep leaning towards day care more and more. Is teaching something you plan to focus on?

October 25, 2005
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Sini,

Thanks for considering me worthy enough to ask me such a question. First, I am not a teacher yet. My parents and sister are. I have taught kinddergarteen (in my early teens) and have been a teaching assistant in a university. Now, I am working on a doctorate so that I can teach in a university.

That having been said, yes, I plan to focus on teaching for a greater part of my life (So help me God). Honestly, I don't think you need to be so much of a leader as to be atop of what you do, love what you do and be abreast with what you teach. I would suggest that you read extensively on your area, sign up for journals and e-resources which helps you to keep abreast with the pace and "learn" your students and class. No two classes are the same and students are individuals. But, you can always find a middle ground for almost all although there will always be exceptions.

No matter the age of your students, as a teacher, you have to be in control of your class. So, it is a bit of the carrot and stick approach with students in lower classes and more of a responsible cordiality with adults. In that way, although you are affable and approachable (aren't these one and the same word?), you still maintain the distance and respect that is required to be taken seriously. Be ready to learn from your student as you go on because each one has something to offer (even those who do not make sense, helps you to be prepared fo such in the next year).

I also think that a lot of times, we underestimate ourselves. I once delivered a paper which I honestly thought was below acceptabliity. I kept telling my friends "but everyone knows this information". However, at the end of it, I realised how easy it is to feel that because that is my field and just how ignorant the others were. So, in terms of confidence, always go out thinking even if you are not the best, you are above average.

I am sorry that you are going through post divorce stress. I hope you are in counseliing for that. It will pass. I say the more you give (especially with special needs kids), the more fulfilled you become. I wish you the very best in your job.

October 25, 2005
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Regret, Im so glad with your posting. Let me tell that the post divorce thing has been going on for 7 yrs... Im working on stuff from depression to self-confidence.

I got praised by our professor for classes we had to give to classmates. I thought many knew that (how the PC/internet play a role in distance ed way from how pc's communicate with each other) and turned out many were so thankful! I was fascinated at the time how the computer and the of education could do miracles.

However, technology is quickly outdated. I think I would focus on research because the art of teaching is not for me. I dont stick to teaching alone because I like translation too. And the pay isnt bad when one gets an ok Publisher.

Its interesting how you point out from your fresh/updated perspective
that you need to gently prod the little ones a little and reward them. Up to the bigger ones where responsibility begins to be mutual. I cant get a student to pay for classes in advance, imagine sign a contract. Of course there are all kinds and of course youd like to choose to make a contract with the ones that relapse.

I dont have kids so I can only enjoy the growth from my nephews and nieces. My godchild was alphabetized in English. First she didnt want to talk. Then she got a little moe grown up and now she usually talks to us (family) when she doesnt want her small cousins to catch on what we're saying. While it lasts... My 6 y.o. nephew learned to count to a hundred when my class was up to ten in the first chapter and finding it difficult! But its all worth the Aha's you get. One student said she couldnt learn and I wondered how that would affect her learning. Her niece in the same class would yell out "auntie, you talking" and the aunt would shut herself up again...

Its just great that I have students, usually professionals and executives, because I was doing only translation and getting too isolated.

Much honored myself since I wanted to talk to you but didnt want to distract you from your issues with chickie.

Theres a lot more in some quasi-dead threads such as:

-intercultural tropical marriage leaves wrath
-wanna let go of psychiatrist
-friends or users? assertiveness issue
-depression, anxiety,some other masks?
-anyone knows of online 12 step coda program please?
-Is there a place where the keyboard doesn't reach?

I appreciate your input as everyone's and I will be checking less often but hope to be in touch.

October 26, 2005
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Sini,

Hope you are ok this morning. Thanks once again for your post. I will get to all your other threads asap.

I would however, like to take a little break from all threads except with me and Chicky and those addressed specifically to me, till the end of the month. Reason being that i have deadlines looming over my head for the end of month and will have to work my little behind off writing. So, i am not ignoring your request but just ask that you bear with me while I go through this phase and I will certainly get to you ok?

Have a gd day today!

October 26, 2005
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I understand how you need to cut down on the threads, having done the same myself. There a list of threads I have to check for consideration since I gave some input into the situation. That's one reason I have refrained from posting to chickie b/c her issue is huge to me though it may be a piece of cake to somebody else.

Just thought about the carrot and the stick analogy and how adults are some much like children. First, if you want to make a bigger meeting, do it around food. Full attendance. As for some "professionals", look at what it says under "perk"in the dic: Temper tantrums over perks are more common than the American taxpayer might like to believe” (Maureen Dowd). Not to speak of plain corruption.

So, when you start at the university maybe you can demand to be wined and dined 🙂 to select textbooks? From my experience, the 80's were better about that. 100-90-80..% tax deductible credit card expenses. Isn't it a paradox to expect to see those times again by the sign of
frills all over the place?

((hugs))

October 27, 2005
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Regret, I reread my post and realize Im so indirect. I liked the 80's, those were some of my best years. But I dont like getting perks such as, for example, a thick towel for a Rolex purchase and a thin towel for a Seiko purchase. I feel like I overpaid for something. Now a company group health plan I find is ok.

November 1, 2005
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Regret, in education, what does it mean connecting the dots and thinking outside the box? I made my guesses, hope they're right. It has to do with thinking, probably higher level, I didn't get the whole context. tia

November 2, 2005
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Sini,

I must admit that I don't know exactly what it mean. My guess however similar to yours. Thinking outside the box might be taking thinking out of the norm. Connecting the dots? Will find out more and let you know.

Hope you are keeping well!

November 2, 2005
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bur regret and sinin I miss you!

November 2, 2005
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does this mean you are not going to respond to my posts on reparenting and tues nite crew? I made progress, sort of, other than the fact that I have been orphaned by my parents. 🙁

November 2, 2005
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Nesh

From what I have read you have made progress. I am sorry you are hurting.

I had a wonderful childhood even though my alcoholic father nade an appearance at times. My mother is a rock and she always put my brother and I first over everything.

Go forward sweetie. Believe in YOU.

tink

November 2, 2005
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thANKS tink!

November 2, 2005
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Hi, tink! I was in a sh**y moody a while back and didn't talk much to you, sorry.

November 2, 2005
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Regret, thanks for the effort. Its a translation my colleague is having trouble with. And I am so curious I couldn't help but ask you what you know.

November 3, 2005
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So, my friend will give her best shot: thinking beyond or something. And I am still wondering what are some of the buzz words in education. Do they mention higher order thinking skills, problem solving and critical thinking? I'll wait to hear from you.

November 3, 2005
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Sini,

I had meant to get back to you earlier but I kinda got caught up in things. So sorry about that. This is what I found:

There's a standard test, where 9 dots are placed on a page, and you're told to connect all the dots without lifting a pencil off the paper, in the fewest straight lines as possible.

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November 3, 2005
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Sorry Sini, accidentally hit the button.

Here we go!

here's a standard test, where 9 dots are a places on a page, and you're told to connect all the dots without lifting a pencil off the paper, in the fewest straight lines as possible.
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When you first look at the problem, the answer seems like 5 is the fewest number. But the tester usually tells you that it can be solved in 4 lines. Then they go away and leave you to ponder this conundrum for a while, and return to give you their smug answer.

The answer they are looking for is as follows:

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Then the tester tells you that since you were thinking "inside the box", you couldn't solve the problem.

This did not come out well. However, the basic meaning is to think outside the norm; the steroetype. To question and probe deeper instead of accepting the usual. If you google it, you will certainly come up with many different answers pointing to this meaning. Good luck to your friends.

I must say that you are a really kind person to be so concerned for your friend. Please keep it up!

November 3, 2005
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i drew the boxes! I did but they all came out in a straight line. Sorry but for sure, if you google it, you will get the graphical picture. So sorry. Infact i copied the whole thing and pasted it here from http://www.iGreek.com but there are lots out there.

Hugs!

November 3, 2005
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Its really kind of you to search on it. I'm gonna email my friend right now just in case she put something silly there - her deadline is less than a hour.

TKS A BUNCH!

November 3, 2005
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Hope all is well with you.

Im im my down mood, less money, same expenses and xmas kind of makes me a little sad.

Is your major going to be in teaching children?

(From above) I am still wondering what are some of the buzz words in education. Do they mention higher order thinking skills, problem solving and critical thinking?

I'll wait to hear from you. ((regret))

November 3, 2005
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Sini,

We could begin a club. My beloved grandma who raised me during my parents' busy years died in December. It has been almost 6 years but I have still not snapped out of it and Dec. tends to be my worst month of the year. Up until last year, I always stayed at home during the festivities. Coupled with that is the fact that I live on a different continent and i am broke so i cannot fly home to be with family.

But come on, let us both turn our "pity party" into something more fun. What if you and I begin a thread and count our blessings from January? Then we can damn money blues and all and get some fun.

Now to the main question(s). Although I would love to have taught chn, I cannot. Children are the hardest to teach. I will be teaching graduate students on international affairs, human rights etc.My sister teaches adolescents and she is marvellous with them. Unfortunately, I don't think I have that much patience in that regard. I am basically going to end up as a Research Fellow (Major) and as part of the job description, i will lecture.

Critical thinking is certainly a buzz word in education. So is analytical thinking, Exploratory thinking, creative thinking, inventive thing (for those in the sciences).

Hope this helps. And in btw, lemme know what you think of a possible joint thread ok?

Hugs back to you!!!

November 4, 2005
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Regret, you must have had a wonderful grandmother. I haven't totally snapped out of the divorce with "hubby #1" - I say so in order to avoid xh. Its been 7 yrs, the age of my nephew who's already starting a second language in shcool. I had a sweet grandfather. So much we shared. Too bad, I was yanked out of my father's family with the separation of my parents.

I think your idea of a blessings thread is great. I consider it a blessing that I had a nice grandfather, got along with my alcoholic father and stayed married for some good years till 14 with hubby #1.

Do you think we could tell our sad stories when we mention the blessings? For example, my grandpa was very upset one Sunday, everybody arguing at lunch, he said he had put his two sons in the best school for them to come out dum. Not so nice to say it but... then he went to the bathroom for a shower and my aunt said something like get the *&^% out of the bathroom. I understood years later it was a shaving blade. After he took the shower I sat on his lap, no words, just peace. So he stayed alive and Im trying to live my life to improve on the family history.

By the way Im going to but in on your thread with chicky to tell her how happy I am for her. I like African American and other inspiring songs. Some of my American friends are Afro American. One person I admire a lot is Gloria Johnson Powell. Her life story is very inspiring.

Just so that you know, I can use a blessings thread, Ive been in a lousy depressive mood for so long. There is no space for dark when the light shines, right?

tks and take care of yourself.

Regret, I couldn't do the house but I remember a test like that and the answer was very simple. My friend was very thankful, she's very detailed, I am too. I'm glad the buzz words are similar to those in "my" time.

November 4, 2005
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I dont want to turn you off from our thread. Just copying you this info for the sake of info:

Anoterh family reunion
I hope I play my cards right tomorrow. Ive been in a lousy depressive mood I cánt stand myself. Tomorrow I have a brother who turns 50. I love all the children but of the grown ups and additions, I have only a few. During these reunions everyone intends to be happy but one can feel the scars of our growing up in a dysfunctional family, then the parents' separation, a change of guard with my mom's family taking over and making up for it with money. I couldn't escape and visit my grandpa because I got so sad seeing him I couldn't think of going there alone as I grew up. Now parents dead, my mom's family in litigation with my bros and sis, life's hardships. Thank God we have some health. If you can, please tell me something good tonite and I'll read it tomorrow. hugs,

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Sini,

We will get the blessing thread going. Just posted on your reunion thread. I say go in full style and knock them off. Family issues can be intricate and delicate. So long as it isn't to do directly with you, don't worry too much abt it now. The right time to deal with that will come. Right now you have a lot on your plate and the emphasis should be on you and not grand aunts and uncles etc who have lived their time.

Lesson to be learnt from grandaunt- she went out and did what made her happy not bothering abt what others would think. Perhaps you need to get her to rub that attitude off you (LOL).

Off wo wake bf up, lunch and then begin the blessings thread. What do you think- Libs or Support???

Love, me

November 5, 2005
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Hard it is, but good advice is good advice.

For blessings thread, I'd say libs unless we don't mention the words G** or Bi***. Ah, and pr*y*r. There's just been a thread (Ali's) moved over to lib because of it. It would be easier on lib, I think. What do you think?

(((Reg)))

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