Greetings Magpie,Just passing by and caught site of the beautiful model of EPL.....FANTASTIC work Tony. See you on Jesse's blog.Regards,john, Bay of Quinte, Lake Ontario, Canada
Yes, it's a work of art. He's a perfectionist, which I s'pose you gain with a few years experience at sea.
*Never forget the greater picture of why I'm blogging. I will not write posts to gain followers, get attention with snarky comments, or harm either students of co-workers with my words. I blog to become a better teacher, hone my own insights, gain a better understanding of my teaching journey, connect with other educators who, in turn, can make me become a better teacher.*Always write about a child in a way so that if their parent found the blog they would know I respected every aspect of their child's learning- although I may write weaknesses I must always show the child's true strengths & write to show how much I love and appreciate the child.*Always write about my co-workers in a way that also reflects their strengths. I have amazing co-workers, which is truly a blessing. I value collaborating and believe that we are better teachers when we put our heads together. I never want to write anything that will in any way hurt our relationship, which in turn would hurt the students' learning. I don't want to use my blog to vent, in turn hurting the trust someone has put in me.*I will work hard not to write anything that will prevent me from doing my job. I do not want anything I write to hurt my co-workers, students, or my school in any way. I have the best job in the world, and I would hate to end up having to leave teaching because I forgot the bigger picture in my blog.*I try my best to stick to these, but I'm sure you can find posts I've written that don't follow these 4 rules. But I try. Sometimes I might think I'm following them and I don't, and later I can see where I made my mistake. Know I'm trying, and if you feel I haven't done one of these let me know.So, here's what I see as our blogging rights-*We have the right to reflect on our teaching journey on-line.*We have the right to collaborate with educators from all over the world.*We have a right to wonder what is best practice, debate education policies/practices/teaching styles, and question what is not working in an on-line forum.*We have a right to use our blogs to process a difficult day, as long as we stay within the lines of the responsibilities listed above.The combination of the Rights/Responsibilities allows us to:*Communicate & collaborate with educators from all over the world*Become more reflective in our teaching*Improve our teaching practices to best benefit our students*Find the silver linings inside the most frustrating of days & know that we are not alone*Keep a sense of humor, which, in turn, allows us to be stronger teachers who come back to work day after day inspired, energized, and ready for a challenge
BE SPARKY EVERYDAY