Sunday, October 30, 2011

Blog Post #10

Do You Teach or Do You Educate?
I loved how this video was put together. Amazing, how something so simple could give such a powerful meaning. I think this is without a doubt a video all future educators should watch. The meaning behind the words were so inspiring. I want to be an educator and know that I never wasted an opportunity to show my students the best that I possibly can. Being a future history teacher I want my students to not just leave my classroom with facts but the knowledge on how to make a brighter future for our world. We learn from the past and the classroom is where it all begins. I thought this video was amazing, the few words said it all, the music was great, and the pictures were powerful. My favorite part was "Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel"- Socrates

Don't let them take the pencils home!
I thought Mr. Johnson did a wonderful job presenting this argument. It is a very simple statement, "Don't let them take the pencils home." He addressed just as that, simple. Why should we stress about something to the point that it gets in the way of education. If you do not focus on the solution you will never solve the problem, that is all there is to it. He tells her that he has given the children an assignment that will keep them interested enough to know that a pencil is not an object that it is a tool and that is how it is to be used. Some teachers are stuck on test scores and statistics that they have lost the focus of mentoring, inspiring, Learning is what it is all about and even as teachers we learn more every day.


  1. Did you notice what the pencils symbolized in Tom Johnson's Don't Let Them Take the Pencils Home?
    Don't forget links.

  2. Hey Brittany,

    I am glad you got something from the first video. I especially like the quote from Socrates that you included. However, I had an issue with this video. Teacher and Educator are synonymous so how could they be that different? And, if "teacher" is going to carry a negative connotation with it then shouldn't we put that word away and only use it as if it were a profanity to describe a "bad educator"? Maybe I am taking what the video said out of context. Sorry for the rant!

    Nicely said about the pencil post. I also thought, and still do, that he was literally talking about pencils. Apparently, he was talking about anything that teachers (educators) can ban as an excuse that they will decrease test scores; when in reality we should be promoting the use of these tools to benefit students' education.

    Great job! Keep it up :)

  3. You missed the metaphor as Jacey-Blair indicated with her question. Pencils are a metaphor for computers or technology. You are not alone! Additional Assignment: Read these three posts:

    1. Metaphors: What They Are and Why We Use Them

    In that post there is a Special Assignment. Do that assignment in a new post which is Additional Post #1. It does NOT substitute for Blog Post #14 as it did in the Spring semester.

    Due midnight Sunday November 20, 2011.

    2. Metaphor Discussion Update

    3. Jennifer Asked: Why Use Metaphors? Here is My Answer

    4. For more information also see:
    You Missed the Point! It's Not A Pencil…"