By Teachers, For Teachers
For the last 10 years, Kim Cofino has taken her tech teaching experience on the road, from Germany to Malaysia to Thailand, with Japan next on the list. Kim teaches at international schools around the world. She shares her teaching adventures and philosphy in this TeachHUB interview.
Wow. With the mass firings in Rhode Island, it has been a rough week in the world of education, but I’d like to share my magical teaching moment that makes it all worth it. Despite how heavy my heart is as I write this, I will swallow my sadness and tell you a story that might help to keep you motivated despite all this insanity raging on outside of our classrooms.
These days stress is the number one killer of relationships and productivity. Stress is everywhere. Even small kids get stressed fast due to peer pressure, pressures from class and the amount of homework that is placed upon them. Many people have started turning to the ancient art of Feng Shui to make their home and office clutter free and pleasant. These day’s even classrooms are aligned as advised by Fengshui so that the kids can have maximum productivity. Let’s examine the ways in which we can achieve a feng shui classroom:
As hard as it may be for us to admit sometimes, teachers make mistakes. We make less as we get better, but we’ll always make them. Sometimes, I forget to enter a grade where there needs to be one. At the beginning of the year, I tell all my students that one unfortunate soul will have their essay lost among a stack of my papers and it won’t be found for two years if ever. (I’ve already hit my lost essay quota this year, Vanessa’s defense of Hamlet’s behavior, and my guilt has made me super anal retentive since.) At times like these, I’ve found that it doesn’t hurt to say “I’m sorry. I made a mistake,” and not to follow it with, “I work 60-75 hours a week, I deserve one.”
An Open Letter To Anyone Who Will Listen and Has the Power To Do Something: My heart is breaking. Literally breaking. I have a mountain of data to analyze and write about, a website to develop content for and an article to write this morning and all I can think about is this whole Let's Fire The Teachers and Only the Teachers business. Is this really what education has come to?