When I consider all the things for which
I am thankful: my life, my family, my health, friends
The freedom to be an American, and the beauty of
The world in which I live, I know also
That I am deeply grateful for my profession.
I have the most important job in the world!
I am a teacher.
I am sometimes awestruck by the responsibility
Placed within my hands
To teach the future citizens of the world.
Before me in my classroom sit
Future scholars, philosophers, poets and architects,
Writers, doctors, craftsmen,
Waiting and trusting that I will help
To guide them, and give them the skills needed
To live in the future world.
Some days I am discouraged, frustrated, overworked
Or angry because of all the demands placed upon me.
It only takes a quiet time of reflection, though
For me to remember how deeply proud and grateful
I am to be a teacher.
Many years from now
When I’m no longer here
It is my hope that men and women
Will be thankful for their lives,
Their health and friends
The freedom to be an American
And the beauty of the world
In which they live,
And perhaps will live a bit
Better and with greater joy because
I was their teacher.
~Marlene Zahn Chaney, 1990
I want to teach my students more than lessons in a book;
I want to teach them deeper things that people overlook~
The value of a rose in bloom, its use and beauty too,
A sense of curiosity to discover what is true;
How to think and how to choose the right above the wrong,
How to live and learn each day and grow up to be strong;
To teach them always how to gain in wisdom and in grace,
So they will someday make the world and brighter, better place.
Lord, let me be a friend and guide to give these minds a start
Upon their way down life’s long road, then I’ll have done my part.
Lord, grant me as a teacher…
Wisdom to teach principles as well as facts;
Courage to stand firm when challenged by parent or child;
Persistence to teach again and again;
And then again;
Vision to know that results will show
far down the road;
Patience, Lord, patience,
forever and unending.
Lord, who am I to teach the way
To little children day by day
So prone myself to go astray?
I teach them knowledge, but I know
How faint they flicker and how low
The candles of my knowledge glow.
I teach them power to will and do,
But only now to learn anew
My own great weakness through and through.
I teach them love for all mankind
And all God’s creatures, but I find
My love comes lagging far behind.
Lord, if their guide I still must be,
Oh, let the little children see
The teacher leaning hard on Thee.
~Leslie Pinckney Hill
It’s that time of year when students are looking for summer school to enhance or supplement their education. Please share this out with all teachers, parents and administration. It could help students get into colleges or trades that will make a huge difference in their lives. This is the same curriculum that The Bridge Virtual Academy utilized. Thanks! ~Sandy
If you are an Algebra I or Math I teacher, please see below.
WestEd, a not-for-profit educational research agency, has been funded by the U.S. Department of Education to conduct a study during the fall 2017 semester to evaluate the Querium StepWise™ Virtual Tutor for Algebra. StepWise is an online supplemental homework and quiz program that uses artificial intelligence to help students improve their mathematics problem solving. Aligned with Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, the intelligent tutoring system provides real-time, personalized tutoring to Algebra 1 students with the goal of achieving outcomes similar to those found with 1:1 tutoring.
Participating math teachers will receive stipends up to $850 for their involvement in this 8-week study! To participate, teachers must: a) be currently teaching Algebra I, and b) have at least part-time 1:1 student access to a computer, laptop, or tablet.
Please indicate your interest in participating by Friday, May 5th:
Please also forward this information to any Algebra 1 teachers who you think might be interested in participating. We look forward to the opportunity to work with you!
Bryan Matlen, Ph.D.
Research Associate, WestEd, STEM program email@example.com
Causes of ADHD according to cdc.gov
Scientists are studying cause(s) and risk factors in an effort to find better ways to manage and reduce the chances of a person having ADHD. The cause(s) and risk factors for ADHD are unknown, but current research shows that genetics plays an important role. Recent studies of twins link genes with ADHD.1
In addition to genetics, scientists are studying other possible causes and risk factors including:
- Brain injury
- Exposure to environmental (e.g., lead) during pregnancy or at a young age
- Alcohol and tobacco use during pregnancy
- Premature delivery
- Low birth weight
Research does not support the popularly held views that ADHD is caused by eating too much sugar, watching too much television, parenting, or social and environmental factors such as poverty or family chaos. Of course, many things, including these, might make symptoms worse, especially in certain people. But the evidence is not strong enough to conclude that they are the main causes of ADHD.
For more information about cause(s) and risk factors, visit the National Resource Center on ADHD.