Are students and teachers turning into ghosts?

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/apr/16/culture-overwork-teachers-children-ghosts-schools

I discovered this article via the year 7 teacher at the school I work at.  I love the first paragraph which states. If schools slowed down and focused on a deeper kind of flourishing, they might be more productive.

The reason why I like that statement is that I feel that the learning content and curriculum is rushing students to learn and grasp concepts even if they understand them or not. As a teacher aide I am witnessing students having to learn certain subjects in the curriculum at a fast rate whether they understand the content or not. 

It seems that teachers aren’t allowed to go back to basics any more especially for those students that are having trouble.  In the article it also makes a suggestion that the students and teachers are becoming ghosts due to the amount of excessive hours they have to put in. I feel this is the case for teachers due to the concerns they would have if they got behind with the curriculum and would not be able to catch up.

I also feel that the focus in schools is purely data and crunching numbers. I understand that schools mainly function on funding but I feel that this has overshadowed the true meaning of teaching children and has taken the fun out of teaching and learning.

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7 dangerous apps that parents need to know about

http://96krock.com/2014/04/16/7-dangerous-apps-that-parents-need-to-know-about/

This was an interesting article especially knowing two of the apps that my children use.  I don’t have concerns with it as I monitor what my children are posting and viewing. My 12 year old actually gave me a web address of someone he didn’t know who had an inappropriate web name. We are keeping an eye on anything posted by this person. I was really proud of my son for showing me and knowing that the web name wasn’t appropriate.

 

Holiday reflection

Last week my son and I went to a soccer camp at Toowoomba Grammar.

I was so in awe of the school and imagined myself teaching there (no harm in dreaming).  The facilities along with the opportunities this school offered students seemed unbelievable. You could feel the presence of hard work and discipline as you walked through the school and it’s amazing buildings. There was actually a building there that was built 6 months ago and it looked like it had been built back in 1876. 

The school has their own photographer whom I spoke with for awhile. He attends to all the school functions taking photos of the students and events. This is his own business and he is employed by the school, he is also an ex Grammar student finishing year 12 in 2012. I thought to myself how amazing is that attending the school, which he said he loved and then employed by the school. He also boards there and is one of the house teachers looking after the students that board in his particular house.

He also told me that he was crazy about photography all through senior school and he really enjoyed anything with technology. He said that he processes everything with his computer and said that he spends a lot of hours in front of it. I said that I knew how he felt.

I thought how amazing is this person following his passion all through school and then living the dream. It just goes to show with hard work and dedication our dreams can come true.