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Reply to "The Effect of Public Schools on Our Kids"

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Originally posted by art_gurl:
I wondered whether these issues get discussed much between teachers themselves on a day-to-day basis.


Perhaps novice teachers may discuss this issue on a day-to-day basis; however, just like in any other profession, after gaining experience, knowing how to teach students becomes second nature.

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I'm glad to hear there are monthly workshops - that's impressive. And, I imagine, a good opportunity to talk with and meet a wide range of teachers from different schools and perspectives.


Sure, that's one of the purposes for attending the workshop: to network with other teachers. Other purposes include exposure to new teaching strategies and better ways to assess students.

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I'm curious merely as a bystander, how people learn, what influences their behaviour and attitudes, developing their individuality and creativity, etc. especially in children - so a lot of the responsibility falls on the adults they meet - primarily school and family, but also from all walks of life.


Jean Piaget (1896-1980) and Lev Vygotsky (1986), both pioneers in the field of educational research, believes children learn primarily through their social interaction with others. Piaget, however, believes children develop more quickly when they interact with one another than when they interact with adults. Vygotsky, on the other hand, believes children learn more from the instructional interactions they have with those who are more intellectually advanced, particularly if the instruction fall within the child's "zone of proximal development." Vygotsky refers to the difference between what a child can do on his own and what can be accomplished with some assistance as the zone of proximal development (ZPD).

In terms of a child's psychological and personality development, this may be explained by Erik Erikson's "Epigenetic Principle" (1902-1994). Erikson's epigenetic principle states that in fetal development, certain organs of the body appear at certain specified times and eventually "combine" to form a child. Erikson hypothesized that just as the parts of the body develop in interrelated ways in a human fetus, so the personality of an individual forms as the ego progresses through a series of interrelated stages.

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I almost went in to remedial teaching after school, but changed direction into the arts.


We definitely need more teachers in Special Education. However, I am a firm believer in doing what makes us happy.

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I've met more teachers in my adult life who have lost that passion, sometimes very early on in their careers. With a mindset like that, I despair at the room full of children they teach.


I always tell people that teaching is one of those professions that requires a warrior-like spirit. Because it is taxing, and at times can be punishing, you cannot be one of these people who gives up easily on a challenge. One of the most difficult aspects of being a teacher, at least in my view, is having to reassure the parents of your competence as a teacher, particularly if you are a young teacher. Many parents, understandably, are protective of their children. However, some parents can become quite defensive when it comes to their child. I call these parents, "Headache Parents," because they think every teacher's job must evolve around the needs of their child, and no one elses'.

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It's obvious that you are passionate about teaching - it beams out!


Thank you for the compliment! I will maintain this passion for as long as it sustains me. I do plan to eventually get a doctorate's degree, however. Then, I plan to teach at the college level in an education program.
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