Grover, well done. I believe in teaching students in school how to navigate emotionally and socially we give them the skills to navigate in the adult world. Unfortunately the reality is, most educators lack the acceptance or ability to provide this to students.
It takes informing yourself, then you have to spread the knowledge and lead through example. Often, our mistake is being a “silent movie” when it comes to sharing our practice when we should be every bit a loud as a JJ Abrams action flick. Set the tone, and let it be known.
Could not agree more. People have become so complacent. Either out of fear or shear laziness. But it has become an epidemic. We must all become active in a state of continuous learning, and sharing. Evolving into a more proactive way of life.
In response to Mr. Welch's article, I must admit that I found it very enlightening. Though I am not a professional educator, I can see how it would benefit not only those in the classroom but also others in day to day life. As adults we seem to be quick to forget that emotions and feelings we pass off as everyday events are, in fact, strange new worlds to children. They are experiencing things they have never dealt with before and their emotional reactions often are unintentionally ignored. As adults we tend to overlook the need to provide children with emotional guidance.
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I didn't even think of what Braden brought up about being able to give a free learning experience to the public. That in itself is a blessing. Learning is a never ending process. Even after having a degree we still learn more every day. Personally, I can't wait!
Being able to teach those around you is the honor that comes with well understood education. Teach everyone who you come in contact with, the world will be better because of it.
I think I need to work on my self management. I need clear thoughts while doing something worth focusing.
I think everyone has to work on this. It’s essential that we consciously approach teaching thinking, until we are thinking.
Congratulations on all of the accomplishments and achievements! I really enjoyed reading the article. I am a firm believer in visioning, planning and setting goals. I concur with Dr. Walters’s statement. Growth is something that I plan on achieving every year. I believe that growth is a process. In order to grow, people have to experience things that may seem uncomfortable.
I love working with this newsletter because I get to report on how active Arkansas ELA teachers and their students are in promoting literacy. I want to live in a place where everyone has access to education and makes wise and informed decisions. Don't you?
Thanks for the congratulations. I believe we do work to be proud of, and it's always nice when people notice.
I thoroughly enjoyed Mr. Grover Welch's piece regarding what I like to call "proactive teaching." Unlike "reactive teaching," this method allows teachers and students to connect at a level that ultimately provides emotional growth, as Mr. Welch states. Fascinating is the fact that Mr. Welch did not begin his career as a teacher; the transition from salesman to teacher must have been challenging. Nevertheless, it appears that such a transition can be done with flying colors!
Thank you very much.
Mr. Grover this was a excellent article of how we should pay close attention of what we are listening for not only through school work but life as well. Pay attention differs for each individual based on the knowledge that the professor/teacher had said to the peers. I think self management would be what’s best for me I need to clear my mind so I can focus what’s on the prize.
Thank you, I believe in trial and error. Always remember no one is perfect all the time.
Good evening! While reading the January article I learned amazing new activities to do while in Monticello like the "Monticello Coffee Company." I have never been to the coffee shop yet but from what Dr. Walter wrote I will definitely stop especially to hear the UAM Creative Society. Also, Dr. Walter had stated about resolutions and growth for new year. Which I am working on for my new year resolutions is growth and how to balance everything in my life. Another, I enjoy gaining information about the service learning project that Dr. Walter students did. The information gave me a general idea of what I'm going to do for my project.
I am glad that you are working on new things and growing this year, we all should be progressing forward. As you start your service learning project remember it is about growing and learning, not just the class work. Spend time working on your project, or any other school work, at the coffee shop, they love new faces.
After reading this article I realize the difference it could be teaching others as well as learning from others. Life and school, listening before you speak and processing information.
As you complete your education, I hope you find lots of opportunities to teach others what you are learning. Education is a responsibility. You must learn not just in order to better yourself. Use your wisdom wisely to make our world a better place for us all.
I really enjoyed Mr. Grover Welch’s article on being able to recognize the different emotions of his students and how there are different signs for each one. I think for me personally, Self-management would be something for me to work on especially my thoughts, motivating myself, and setting and working towards certain goals.
Self always comes first. You must find balance and equilibrium before you will be really able to meet the needs of kids around you.
I definitely need to work on my self management and focus on setting and achieving my goals for myself. If i were to motivate myself more i could easily reach them, but self motivation does not come naturally to me and it would help me in the long run if i could achieve that. Growth is very important to me and I wish to grow more and more each year.
You will get there and be great. Being willing to work on it often puts you in front of many teachers.
I like the letter from the president. I starts off taking place from the New Year and than work it’s way down to talking about. Balance how you need it to push through things.
Jaden Snelling, Its great that you found a connection to one of the articles. The most significant aspect of this newsletter and any other form of reading material, is that you can find a way to connect to it and grow. You not only get a chance to improve your grammar skills by seeing how others write but, you are able to gain knowledge about issues that affect your world. Keep reading, keep learning, always be willing to seek out a connection.
This was a fun and enlightening read. I am a Social Work major so the advice and experiences that Mr. Welch wrote about is definitely applicable to my future. Having good observation of a person's behavior is a skill I feel I need to increase. It is wonderful that he cares enough to notice the things that may be interfering with a students learning. Also, I liked reading about Dr. Walters trip to Baltimore. It sounded very rewarding and fun. I also liked reading about other peoples happy places. The day I read this article I took a selfie and some other photos in my happy place, a pond in the middle of the wilderness behind my house, my dogs love it too. It's so peaceful and serene, I feel God all around me there. I appreciate the past students who wrote about their service projects so now I have a better idea of what is expected and what I should expect from the experience. Great publication over all!
I am glad to know that you enjoyed the variety of information in our newsletter and found things to relate to personally. I hope you will continue to read future issues and find ideas relevant to your studies and your career.
My major is early childhood education. Reading Mr. Welch article, he mentioned about two female friends. He noticed something different in their body language. which led him to believe there was a problem between the two girls.
I agree with him, It takes a good teacher to read a classroom full of students. We all know every student have different personalities, and
every educator do not have the patience nor the time to read a classroom full of students.
You are right, not every educator has the ability, but we should all be trying. I believe the "with it" mentality of teaching is seen as just a catchy phrase when it should be our mantra. I miss things all the time, and don't see things more often than Id like to admit, but it is always something Im striving for. We as educators have to support each other, love . the process, and believe we can change things.
Personally, the service learning project provided a wonderful opportunity to teach those in our community as well as to simply love them through the giving of knowledge. Not only was it beneficial to the community, but for the participants as well because of the use of teamwork. These ideals make the service learning project beneficial.
I think the service learning projects were beneficial for both the audience and the "performers" as well! I had a blast working on the projects with you and the rest of our class, and hope to work with you again sometime!
After reading the January Issue of Mr. Welch article I’m leaving this site with a lot me knowledge . I really liked when he talked about the two students , and reading their body language . Being someone who works with public I’m very big on body language , and I actually took some pointers from this . Also somethings that I need to work on is my self management and relationship skills . It seems I can never divide my time equally , one always seems to suffer due to me not paying attending . After reading this article I’m taking some tips with me on opening up my understanding.
Im Glad I could help. I write these monthly and when I get feedback that is positive and shows me I have been helpful, it feels me with joy.
I enjoyed reading about the results from the students' service learning projects. It was inspiring to see all of the students stepping out of their comfort zones to complete this project. I noticed that they all gained many things from their service learning projects. After reading this article, I am more aware of the skills teachers use everyday to help their students learn in the best environment possible.
I'm glad to hear that you are excited about the idea of service learning projects. I think they are a wonderful way to learn and share. They teach students the duty that comes with education--being helpful to the community and actively working for good. It makes all the information relevant as students see the benefit of understanding.
After reading this article I am more aware of the skills teachers use everyday to help their students learn in the best environment possible.
Shakerrea Brown, It is good that you could recognize a skill that is necessary to teach. The challenge comes when you discover skills that you are Unaware that you need, to become successful. That is one of the amazing gifts of reading this newsletter, the more you read, the more you discover about how to increase your individual skillset. We are all unaware of the shortcomings in our skills until we are presented the tools to improve and grow. Learning is such an incredible gift. Never be afraid to expand your knowledge. Greatness comes from the tiny steps we take to grow.
I truly enjoyed the piece on the service learning project. It was nice reading about how other students felt about the assignment. I do agree with Ashley that is is an experience that will not be forgotten for a long time.
I am very proud of the work my students do to share what they learn with the community at large. Any time we can use our education to benefit others, we increase its value.
Reading this article, I realized that a lot of these methods would be helpful in the social work field. Working with children and families, the goal is to stay motivated and motivate.
For sure, the other day a friend went to a self defense seminar and came to me after. "All they talked about was situational awareness". She laughed, and hinted it sounded like me.
Yes! I think it is very important to see the benefits of different fields of study in your own. I think English is one that is often overlooked, and I'm glad you can see the ties to your field of study!
Mr. Welch, I found your article very interesting in many ways. Being a student myself it feels good to know that some teachers/professors care and notice little details such as that of Ann and Helen. I think that I can speak for myself as well as others that this sort of thing means a lot to us scholars.
Thank you. It is important to me that my kids know how much I care. I tell them everyday at the five minute mark, “I love you guys, you are awesome and I’m proud of you.” I always mean it as well, we are too small a world to let them walk out that door without knowing they are loved.
I had a great experience doing the Learning Service Project! It was a very fun experience. My classmates and I got to show off what we learned to others. I think that the Senior Citizens really enjoyed us being there. I'm actually hoping that we can all go there again this semester.
Me too! I hope we get to go back and share something new this semester! I'm glad you had a great time. What kind of presentation would you like to do this semester? Has something you've already read this semester inspired you to already plan a project?
The piece "With-It Teaching on the Front Lines" by Grover Welch was very interesting to me as it pertains to my immediate future plans of teaching English as a foreign language in South Korea. I think that being aware of the situations culturally and socially will be a big challenge for me because of the completely new student culture.
The cultural changes withstanding, kids are kids everywhere. With it also pertains to getting to know them well. Good luck.
The first line "January is time of resolution and looking forward for many of us" means a lot. Almost every person believes in a New Years Resolution and the beginning of a new year (January) is the perfect time.