Anna’s Video Pick – Taylor Mali, What Teachers Make

by on March 10, 2011 · 9 comments

in Civil Rights

This is a shout out to Ragsters Ernie and Judi, and my library loving pal Sandy, and that bright constellation of caring, tough, committed, brilliant teachers who have shaped the human being I am today. Respect!

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avatar Shelley Plumb March 10, 2011 at 10:24 am

Good one, Anna. Today is going to be a very hard day for teachers as the district doles out pink slips. I wish they would give an even harder look at the top — the administrators that run the dysfunctional system. Don’t get me wrong: some are excellent and should be there, but there are people in admin that could easily be let go.

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avatar Ernie McCray March 10, 2011 at 11:53 am

So cool. Being an educator puts one, if they choose, smack dab in the middle of building a better world. With benefits that can’t be measured. Thanks for sharing this video. Actually, though, they’re right. I can’t so therefore I teach. I can’t stand the very sound of most jobs I hear about but in teaching I get to in some way prepare kids for taking them on.

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avatar Ian March 10, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Good video.

We are all teachers (or should be). Parents, wives, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, siblings, bosses, managers.

And we are all students (or should be). The best teachers are the ones who are also willing to learn, sometimes you learn more from students than you do from teachers. If you are not willing to modify your beliefs, and adapt to new information you will not be very successful.

Teaching is something we should all be constantly doing.

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avatar Ernie McCray March 10, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I totally agree.

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avatar annagrace March 10, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Right on both counts Ian. We become good teachers through a life long devotion to learning.

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avatar judi March 10, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Bless you, Anna. Teachers are not recognized the way they should be – or used to be. I’m proud of you and your accomplishments.

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avatar annagrace March 10, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Thanks Judi! You haven’t stopped teaching- or learning!

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avatar judi March 10, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I hope I can continue learning on a daily basis. Having my foreign language students is a wonderful teaching situation so I still feel like I am doing what I like doing.

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avatar Goatskull March 10, 2011 at 10:11 pm

A most excellent post. Sadly, two close friends of mine who were teachers for Los Angeles Unified School District have given up the fight and left the teaching profession and don’t seem to be looking back. They have lost patience with all that’s going on and just decided to move on. I wish them all the best but hope not too many others will follow the same path, not that I can blame them.

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