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If I Were a Teacher
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If I Were a Teacher

So sometimes I think about if I were a teacher. It's kind of something I think I might enjoy doing.

Like, what kind of teacher would I be? So I guess this is kind of how I'd be in the ideal teaching situation.

First of all if I were a teacher I'd probably teach science. I'd much prefer working at a highschool. I like children, but I can't be around them for extended periods of time. And I don't want to have to really censor myself. my teaching style would be really down to earth I'm your friend but I'm also your guardian and superior (don't misunderstand my usage of that word). I'll treat you with respect adn I'll treat you like an adult as long as you act like you can handle it.

First of all I'd try to make what I'm teaching interesting. I could go on and on about tons of different science subjects. I realyl think it's all so awesome. Science is such and underrated field I think. I'd really try to generate a genuine thirst for knowledge.

I wouldn't treat my students like children. I'm not going to start a riot if someone says fuck, I'm not going to ban topics of conversation. But I'm also not going to baby you. Like, if you were absent and you're missing work I'm going to expect you to come to me. Learning to take the initiative to get something done is a real life skill (i.e. Asking for a raise; promotion). Stuff like that. I will however use common sense. I'd like to reach out to the people who need it. Those who seem to be having trouble and stuff. I'd like to be that "trusted teacher" you hear them say to talk to about stuff sometimes.

Common sense class room rules. I'm not going to be extreme one way or the other.
Cell phones? You can use them. Unless I'm talking in front of the class, we're reading, really just use common sense. Movies? Fine, just be on silent. Doing your work? Fine, but if I see you're not getting your work done, not fine anymore. Don't be like playing a game on your phone though unless it's the beginning before we start or at the end if you're done and there's nothing else.
Same with music. But if I can hear it it's too loud. But you work better with music so I encourage it.
I don't really care about gum.
I don't care about swearing.
I do care if you're being an asshole and/or a bully. I would want everyone to feel comfortable in my classroom. I'd maintain a strong judgement free zone policy. Don't be a fucking asshole.
That also means don't be an asshole when people are talking. I don't want it to feel like I'm talking at you, or to you. I want it to feel like we can have a discussion and ask really awesome questions and get a lot a shit done that's part of making it interesting. But if I'm explaining something and you're sitting there having a loud ass conversation with you buddy in the corner about the party tonight, we're not having that. And honestly I'm not opposed to having a completely off topic question. Maybe sometimes i don't feel like teaching anyways.
But again I say common sense. Because when i was in school I talked to my friends during class all the time. My friend and I would be sitting in the back of class both doing our own work and we'd be carrying on a conversation at the same time. I'm talking about when I had straight A's that one time. I'd talk to my friends in class, I'd be on my phone all the fucking time. Literally I'll have ym books, my papers and evrything and working with my phone in the corner of my desk. It can be done.

Part of common sense is stuff like obviously if the superintendent is visiting or something is happening phones and stuff will probably have to be put away.

Also, if someone can't handle following my very lenient guidelines they'll lose the priviledge they can't handle all together. Constantly disruptive with the cellphone, ok no more cellphone. And such.

I ideas on teaching. I'm not sure if I could actually do it. getting into teaching is such a hassle. I'm not sure if I have the patience.

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RE: If I Were a Teacher

I wonder if an option like Justin Schwamm's concept for learner-centric schools might be an avenue to pursue (G+ post.)

Another idea is, would you consider teaching online? For example, what about an online school that works rather differently than Sub's current school... one where teachers get to know students' interests, and work with them to relate their interests to various subjects, like science?

As more and more learning content is made available, like on Khan Academy, Crash Course, and YouTube in general, there's the question of how to help people find and use that content. And, when it doesn't fit a given learners' style, there's the question of creating better content and/or doing tutoring and coaching.

Plus, of course, a key role of teachers is to provide meaningful feedback to learners.

On another note, you might be interested in blog posts and the TEDx talk from Shawn Cornally: http://shawncornally.com/wordpress/ ("Dealing with the fear of being a boring teacher.")

He was a math teacher, but ended up co-founding his own "competency-based" high school: http://bigideasgroup.org/

There are so many new models of schools that are a transition away from the traditional factory model. Any thoughts on being a teacher, or similar role, in one of those?

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