The question for today (Friday) was: What is the biggest challenge you face as a teacher today?
There were significantly fewer comments today – ninety nine came before midnight, none of which were from Dr Forlow (removing from yesterdays total the number of people who commented after the cutoff and also Forlow’s comments leaves precisely 300 for day 1. There will be graphs).
The answers are many and varied. Most are, naturally, related to attempts to impose their world view (i.e. God and young-Earth creationism) onto those that they are trying to teach. A perceived apathy, laziness, and lack of discipline among the Youth of Today also feature. A rather amusing one bemoans how “Greek schooling methods have infiltrated the public schools, most christian schools, and a majority of homeschooling curriculums.” Those damn Greeks get everywhere!
I’m not exactly a teacher myself, merely a student, and so I’m more part of the challenge than anything else. The obvious elephant in the room is creationist students trying to challenge the teacher during science class, however while I’m sure the teachers in New Zealand are aware of such happenings I don’t get the impression that it’s a regular enough occurrence to qualify. And, well, the teachers here seem perfectly capable of holding their own in that kind of argument. I mean, if you refused to acknowledge i (or j, for the engineers) as the square root of negative one, you wouldn’t have a hope of being able to argue with your maths teacher on the subject, and in my experience the same is true for biology class. Thus, I would probably settle for ‘Apathy’ as my answer, though again I have not posted myself.
Again, Dr Shorey has managed to post: “Keeping kids attention for 50 minutes when the media has trained them to get bored looking at the same scene more than 3 seconds. One must be a teacher and an entertainer.” We’ll see how long this lasts if the commenting numbers fall further.
The as yet unannounced winner for today will receive the Big Book of History, which is again not on the resources page. Verse two of the song:
On the first day of Christmas, Dr Forlow gave to me…
Big Book of History
And Climbers and Creepers
It’s getting a bit better.
The winner for yesterday was Shannon, with:
I truly love all the traditional Christmas carols but the one that speaks to me the most is by Casting Crowns “While You Were Sleeping”. Will the USA go down in history as being asleep?
Honourable mention must go to Sherm Risdall who was the only person to mention Santa in any way – he was also one of the people who gave lyrics. Admittedly it’s one of those song bemoaning the alleged dechristianisation of the holiday, but whatever…