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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Is the Job of a Teacher 24/7

I haven't blogged for a while and have been thinking about what to blog about. I am jealous of all of those in my PLN that blog daily and sometimes more than once a day. After thinking about this for a while I decided to put my thoughts down on "paper".

Today we talk about child centered learning and the teacher as a facilitator to learning and allowing students to drive the learning with their questions. They are right and this is a major part of the role of the teacher in the 21st Century and it must change from the Sage on the Stage model.

However I believe that this is only part of the role of a teacher. A teacher needs to be a leader and a change agent. We may not be able to change the world or accomplish everything but as it says in "Ethics of our Fathers" that doesn't mean that we could just absolve ourselves of our responsibility.

It doesn't end there to me the most important thing teachers need to do or be is a role model. One who leads by examples in a moral and ethical way. Their motto should be "Do as I Do."
They need to show their students that they care about them not only in the classroom but out of the classroom as well.

I posed the following question as one of the possible topics for #jedchat

Is the the role /job of a Rebbe( Judaic male teacher)/Teacher 24/7 (ie are they expected to attend a school basketball game on Sunday)?

I think you could tell what I would say!

What do you think?

1 comment:

  1. The role of every Jew is 24/7 certainly for educators. As Jews, we are a kingdom priests, a holy people. This means that at all times we are ambassadors for theJewish people and for G-d. People do judge Judaism based on our actions whether we like it or not. Certainly as Jewish educators this is even more so. The way we interact on the street as well as the way we interact in the world of social media reflects not only on us but on he Torah we represent, on Judaism, and ultimately on Hashem. We are all teachers 24/7 whether we like it or not.