Thursday, March 28, 2013

Professional Development Pays Off


GTA LEARNS GANGNAM STYLE
 


BUT CAN THEY TEACH THE
NEW COMMON CORE STANDARDS??
 
DID THEY SPEND TIME OUTSIDE THEIR WORK DAY TO LEARN THIS FLASH MOB DANCE??
 
ARE THEY AS DEVOTED TO THE TASKS THEY ARE PAID TO PERFORM?
 
 
 

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I think this shows that students learn what they want to learn. The same students who cannot learn ten spelling words or ten foreign language words, could learn the standings and the won loss records of basketball teams or the entire cast of a top movie. Somehow our students need to have motivation to learn something that doesn't have an immediate payback (like performing in the gym for the student body). SOmehow we need to show them that an education that will pay of 15-20 years in the future is worth working for. Teachers cannot do it alone. The parents and all of us need to show that education is worthwhile.

Anonymous said...

I guess it was inevitable that all those teachers would get ripped on here for doing this. I think it's great! Imagine the time they put in to put this together! Kudos.

Jen Natlia said...

Really? Who cares! Sure sounds like to me that they have motivated the kids!

SCATS said...

To 7:08AM ~~ You need to rewatch the video & pay special attention to the 4 words in the upper left corner on the video screen. These were NOT students ;)

To 9:13AM ~~ My issue with it is that I've got some parents complaining to me this year that they can't get ANY extra help before or after school from their child's teacher ... yet we have a whole building of employees willing to "dedicate their time" to this. SMH

SCATS said...

Jen ~~ Same comment in response to you that I had for 7:08AM. It's NOT STUDENTS DANCING.

Jen Natlia said...

Scats,

Dont you see how excited the students are? That is the motivation I am speaking of!

Anonymous said...

Ain't that a beach.

Just when GCSD UNION taechers find something they can do, there ain't a strip club left in Greece.

SCATS said...

Jen ~~ OK, they "motivated" the kids. How was that energy used to advance their academics that day?? If I'm not mistaken, pep rallies are usually held AT THE END OF THE DAY ... right? By the time the kids return to class, any "benefit" is long gone.

To 12:28PM ~~ LOL ;)

SCATS said...

I see the GCSD website states: "Staff members practiced in secret for weeks for the surprise.

They are so devoted to students! lol

Anonymous said...

These types of things help build relationships with students. By connecting with kids on a personal level teachers are more successful in the classroom. That is why you see so many teachers at sporting events, musicals, and other school activities. It is a shame that you find fault in something that was done to build school spirit and a sense of community.

Anonymous said...

On here, it will NEVER be enough!

Anonymous said...

I've heard a lot of things at GCSD happen in secret.

Did anybody notice if they used that SECRET piano for their little dance number?

Come to think, why did it take these diplomated professionals months of rehearsal to learn such a simple dance number? Did they require in service training? Was it necessary to paint R & L on their dance shoes?

SCATS said...

To 4:35PM ~~ The problem is, there are many ways teachers get recognized for "building relationships." I'd like to see them GO THE EXTRA MILE in the area of academics. THAT'S SOMETHING WE RARELY HEAR.

To 11PM ~~ Good question! Where is that damned piano???

Anonymous said...

Aren't there a few former employees who got caught building relationships with students? A bus monitor? A music teacher? A teacher at West Ridge? Where in a teacher's job description is building relationships listed? Maybe the time, effort and creativity would be better spent getting Greece Central out of the academic gutter. I'm on SCATS side this time.

Anonymous said...

Students, especially at the middle and high school level, need to be invested in their education before they care about the academic value of it. Many of the students in Greece do not come from families that value education, or make it a priority. I think these teachers understand the importance of kids being able to relate to them first in order to foster respect. Honestly, many kids today don't respect adults merely because they are older and wiser, or because they were brought up to respect their elders. Teachers now need to get creative and find other ways to reach out to the kids they teach. Being sent to the office, failing grades, suspension, expulsion--these consequences do not affect some students today. Teachers realize it takes a village--and the first step to increasing academics is getting the kids to buy in. Perspective is an interesting thing, SCATS. You say you hear from many parents that they can't get in touch with teachers or that teachers won't give extra help. On the other side of the fence, I hear from teachers how parents won't call them back, don't enforce detentions, and students don't show up for class and don't come to extra help offered. Maybe these teachers are trying to reach those types of students.

SCATS said...

To 8:39AM ~~ How do you explain to parents when they are told by the principal to stop contacting the teacher over problems at school??? I suspect that a lot of the so-called "bad parents" have already had their fill of non-responsive teachers & school administrators. What is the message when the parent of a constantly bullied child child finds out their kid's academic time was WASTED meeting with an anti-bullying counselor, while the bully kept on doing what he does daily??

Let the teachers find ways to MOTIVATE THE CLASS IN CLASS ABOUT THE CLASS. Try humor ;) It worked for the dullest of subjects when I was in school. I still recall those lessons.

Anonymous said...

The kids have to show up to that class first, SCATS. I believe that the staff at Arcadia did use humor to engage the entire school. On a side note, I agree that bullying is a big issue, and not only here in Greece. Unfortunately teachers can only do so much, as can admin, and there are a lot of legalities involved. So let us thank the teachers that are taking what steps they can to foster positive morale in their school. Maybe this will encourage more kids to get to class, where teachers can then teach them. Also let's remember, you can bring a horse to water, but you can't make them drink.

Anonymous said...

8:39-Very well-stated. (No doubt you'll get ripped on here, though.(

SCATS said...

To 10:25AM ~~ Then it's time the school district come clean with residents, parents, students and taxpayers and tell us EXACTLY WHAT THEY CAN DO! It's starting to feel a lot like a huge game they are playing with parents of students who are on the receiving end of such behaviors. The truth is, I personally am aware of quite a number of families who pulled their kids out of Greece AFTER September! The reason: an unresponsive administration & school staff including the teachers. Don't look now, but soon, VERY SOON, the only students left in Greece will be the trouble-makers. We're well on our way to that already. And I suspect you & I both know, there's NO pep rally flash mob that will keep them engaged.

To 1:35PM ~~ Is that so? Don't look now, but I already responded BEFORE you posted your snerty remark ;)

Anonymous said...

I'll give YOU all the credit for honing my "snertiness" (grin).

SCATS said...

To 12:29PM ~~ You'll have to wear your issues all by yourself ... especially since your sense of timing is so far off ;)