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Public Personas in the Education World

Having a public persona in the education world is a tricky thing. You either want to have a great, established one, or not at all. Teachers in the opposite direction, aren’t teachers for long.  Having a public persona in a high school is tricky.  Students judge you based on what they hear from other students, and let their preconceived notions factor into how they react in class. The teachers with good public persona’s aren’t always the nicest ones. I think the qualities students admire most are respect, fairness, and being genuine in caring about their lives.  I took a poll among my students, and most said they would rather have a fair and hard teacher, than an easy but biased teacher. I’ve also found it doesn’t matter how old you are. Respect is respect. If you show it to them, and treat them as adults, they forgive your faults, and accept you as the teacher you want to be for them. It’s nice to have a good public persona in school. It can alleviate a lot of problems like under-enrollment, issues with administration, and general report with the parents.  With the development of sites like Rate My Teacher, and Rate my Professor students actually have the power to rate teachers on specific criteria. It ranks from “Easiness”, “Coolness”, “Strict/Mean” and “Hotness.” I’ve heard of students not taking certain classes because of things their friends have said or reviews they’ve read online. On college campuses, professors have it the same. Students would make their entire schedules around the classes that were taught by professors who were recommended by peers or online.  The education public persona is a dangerous and tricky thing.

-Maria-

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Resume

Posted to the left is my resume!

-Maria-

Topic Proposal

Deciding a topic has been a lengthy process for me. I have finally decided on Use of technology and decentralization of network security in public schools. Considering I spend most of my time in a school, and I face these problems on a day to day basis, it seems logical to write about them. The major problems teachers face in public schools are: Lack of proper technology, lack of training on said technology, strict network security , centralization of technology that makes it impossible for teachers to access what they need. Teacher’s have always been at the back end of the emerging technologies. Depending on the school district, some classrooms have great technology, some have mediocre technology, and some have none at all.  The problem lies after the classrooms receive technology. I teach a Multimedia Communications course, and we study all different types of media and how to create messages across platforms. I have 5 decent Macintosh computers in my classroom, as well as an LCD projector, video and photography cameras, and various microphones, and card readers. I cannot access anything of value, or anything that is different, from the web. The network security is so strict, Google Images is blocked. It’s ridiculous. I can see if school districts wanted to block YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, which they all do, but Google Images? It would be different if teacher’s were allowed access to certain sites so that we can find new and creative things to show our students, but the security is district wide. Nobody has access.  We did a unit on network neutrality, which the students had never heard of before, and in order to find videos and web clips and information, I had to save all of it the night before on my laptop.  Many teachers, and a lot of students, find proxies to get around the network security, mostly so they can check their various social networking sites. I, of course have no such program directly installed on my home laptop, which is what I use at school. Definitely not. Let’s go back to the technology. I am very lucky to have what I have in my classroom, and keep it guarded and under lock and key at all times. Many teachers still have overhead projectors, or have to share them with an entire dept. History lessons can benefit from technology too! We have several SmartBoards in our school, but ask how many teachers are trained on them? They hang on the wall as decorated white boards. If teachers were trained in how to use the limited amounts of technology in their rooms, then we would have more successful lessons. The bottom line is having, learning, and using the tools in order to give students differentiated and valuable real-life lessons.

I would appreciate any suggestions and comments to improve my topic! Thanks, Maria.

Rewrite Number 2

I was born here in CT, lived in Italy a short while, and then came back to the US. Italian is my first language. My two sisters, Gabriella and Nicoletta, are very important to me. I received my Bachelor’s in Technology Education from CCSU and am now a high school teacher.

Rewrite Number 1

I was born in CT, and shortly thereafter moved to Italy. After 3 years we moved back to CT, and I have lived here ever since. My first language is Italian, and I still claim ESL when I make grammatical and spelling errors, even though I should know better. I have two sisters, Gabriella and Nicoletta, who are very important to me. I went to CCSU for my undergrad in Technology Education, and I now teach at a high school. I truly enjoy my job. I’m currently very excited about my Master’s program at QU in ICM, and look forward to working with everyone.

On writing: At all

This has been a difficult week of writing, or not writing in my case. I have been thinking of the many different topics I could write about and have come up with 0 or 25. It has been quite frustrating. It seems that inspiration strikes when I can’t write, and when I try to write, there are too many topics. The topics range from decentralization of technology in public schools (the current front runner) to using technology and the web to further local and organic farmers and markets. I will, obviously, make a decision at some point today. I’ll keep you all posted!

-Maria-

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