I enjoyed reading the article by Constance Burch. I have watched her working to get the education she wanted and how hard it was for her. I am glad she found some one to help and inspire her.
Constance has been an inspiration to many. I am glad to know a woman with the power to be such a positive influence.
I am so proud that God put you in my path. Everyday I thank the lord for all you have brought to my life and my mind. You have become a friend that I treasure.
Dean Huddleston, Thank you dad. I'm so glad you had a chance to read it. I feel so proud that I have had the chance to help others, it gives all I went through special meaning. It is my hope that I can help people in the future also.
I am so proud of Pamela Jones, and I enjoyed the piece regarding her library technician position at UAM. Pamela is a valuable asset to Taylor Library because, as she states, everything about her job "supports literacy instruction." Without people like Pamela doing behind-the-scenes work, libraries across the globe would without a doubt suffer. I encourage all of you to take the time to thank the individuals who work in the library you utilize, whether it be a university library or a public library. These people are instrumental in guiding students and faculty alike throughout the research process, and they should know that we appreciate them!
This is a very wise suggestion. Everyone who works in the library deserves our thanks and recognition.
I'm going to expand your idea a bit, though. In this strange and uncertain time when social distancing has become the rule, we should be vocal in showing our appreciation to all the people who offer us care and guidance. Now is the time to recognize and applaud those who continue to work in order to make our lives easier, even possible--all medical personnel and first responders, certainly, but I'm adding people like my nephew who makes sure there are always shopping carts available at Walmart. So many people who work in the service industry earn low wages, but our society can't function without them. They, too, deserve our thanks.
Let's remember to be grateful and compassionate with one another.
I enjoyed the Broken Backs Essay by Grover Welch. I think many people can relate to his situation. In times we get so caught up in doing what we think is the right way, or we get in such a big hurry resulting in mistakes. Anyone in a rush could have easily over looked his back, or the missing part of an essay. But we all learn from our mistakes and are quick to try and fix them.
What a great issue.
I especially enjoyed your editor's letter wondering what the long term effects of this crisis will be and the article about the teacher who let his impressions from a writing conference influence his grading; always something to be mindful of.
Lorraine, I agree. it stuck out. This is a great issue.
Thanks a lot, I try to be as good a teacher as I can and have found the best teachers are students.
I believe that Dr. Shahan's piece was incredibly eye opening to the demand of teachers. Since I am off to be a EFL instructor I do believe there are some guidelines in her article that I can carry to South Korea, however, the method of instruction is completely different than a traditional American classroom. In addition to her article, I believe it is becoming increasing important to follow the syllabus and guidelines set by the professor, and create a solely student-centered learning environment to drive the student's creativity social skills.
Interesting! When allowed, American K-6 teachers are indeed finding ways to make their classrooms student centered while working within the confines of curriculum pacing and standards. However, the student centered concept of planning and instruction requires large doses of flexibility and this “luxury” is increasingly lacking in our educational system. My facilitator- constructivist view of planning and instruction builds in flexibility for students’ changing needs, interests, and always leads to data- based teacher decision-making. Thanks for your interest and be blessed in your travels!
It's a full-circle moment for me to see Pamela Jones with my book in her hands on page 25. Books from the UAM library saved my life through junior high and high school in Monticello. They were my gateway to a future that seemed otherwise impossible.
Pamela and her colleagues here at the Library work diligently to make sure that we have books and other resources that will continue to inform and inspire. It's wonderful to hear that the efforts of our predecessors were useful, and your note motivates us to keep up the tradition! Thank you for taking the time to write.
Thank you Bryan!
I am honored to have had the opportunity to be in the newsletter. I never know the things I'm skilled at until I'm asked questions. I take things day be day and never put into consideration that I've had educational training as well as my teaching opportunity for the Drew Center Elementary Preschool class. My experiences opened my eyes to many things, such as; we never realize it but we are all in "Dramatic Play" which is an area that preschoolers go into to pretend they are moms and dads working as police officers or cooks, etc. In our own way, we pretend on a daily basis, we play nice with society and conform to social norms due to our traditions taught to us by our parents, teachers, coworkers and society alike.
Pamela, I believe I mistakenly discussed your piece in a reply to a comment regarding another article.
Mr. Grover Welch's piece really stood out to me. I relate to the part where he describes his accident and what came from it. Two months after I got my drivers license I totaled my dad's truck just a quarter mile from our house. The road was slightly wet because of a light rain. I was driving 45 mph on a curve, and not even a sharp curve, but my rear tire dropped off and I over corrected causing mt to lose control and go off into a ditch. I hit a culvert and flipped end over end. The truck was completely crushed. It was a miracle that me and my sister walked away with minor cuts and bruises. My left leg was pinned between the door and the front of the truck but I was able to pull it out. When I pulled my leg out some of the metal cut me, but the cut was not even bad enough to need stitches. Because of the force that the front of the floorboard hit my leg with I thought it was broken. X-rays at the hospital showed that it was not broken and that it was just severely bruised. Even though the leg was only bruised it still took what felt like forever to heal. Two and a half years later I still have problems with it hurting, thankfully the pain is happening less and less often. Everyone who saw the accident was absolutely appalled that we survived, and without major injury.
Wow, sounds like you were very lucky. Never be afraid to let your life and experiences shape you as a teacher.
Dr. Longing’s ideas and points about burnout and why they occur expose the complications that come with being an educator. By providing insight into the complications and providing ways to cope, he helps those in the profession.
I hope it helps those considering or are just entering the profession. The article was nothing new to those who have been in education for a long time.
As someone working towards teaching myself, I found myself particularly intrigued by Dr. Longing's article. Teaching can seem like a mound of obstacles with no clear boon to getting into it, but the ideas Dr. Longing expresses in his article are big helps to not only those teaching but those like myself who wish to teach.
The article was written to help students select career paths that will feed their passions. There is little worse than going to the workplace with a sense of dread. Do what you love!
I am a first-time reader and an academic librarian who found your newsletter through the Arklib email list, and I am so glad I did. I especially enjoyed Tara Rowe's article "Citation Styles in Theory and Practice." As an Onion appreciator, it had my attention from the start. In library school the APA style grew on me (I like that publication date is one of the first elements), but then I had to use Chicago style recently, in which the date is towards the end, and that doesn't make as much sense to me. But, I will now be appreciating those non-narrative-interrupting footnotes more! I will also remember what Tara said about consistency and the reasons we cite the next time I teach a class or write an article.
I look forward to more of Tara's words here.
Thank you for your comments, Melissa. If you do end up teaching citation styles, I highly recommend looking up the Follow the Footnote article. Especially given that you are a librarian, it would be a great task for students regardless of what citation style they use because it is invaluable to knowing how to do research. And cheers to librarians! I admire the work you do and wouldn’t be where I am without the help of many librarians and archivists.
Constance's article was a moving one to me. It shows the struggle that many people go through when beginning their educational journey. While I don't have a child to care for, I can relate to there not being much of an educational background in my family. I believe that I will be the first male on both my mom and dads side of the family to complete a college degree. It's a lot of hard work, but I am hoping that when I come to the end of my college journey, that I will come out better on the end of things. This piece by Constance inspires me to keep working toward my future goals.
Kaden Wall, You have no clue how much it means to me that you were inspired by my story. I have sought to touch those who have to struggle in silence. It makes my journey worth it if it touches you. Thank you. Here to aid if you ever need assistance or encouragment. firstname.lastname@example.org
I enjoy reading Constance Burch she's always inspirational and motivates reader to do great things in life. That's really touching and very helpful of her. You have improved from your work and now trying to help others with their work if they needed.
Keterrion Davidson, thank you so much for you kind words. It is as you said my goal to help and inspire everyone I can. Blessing to you. Keep up the journey and inspire others.
Tara Rowe's citation research really captured my attention. Being an English major I understand the struggle
with MLA format! When one professor informs her that MLA is more for adoration I was shocked at how much sense that makes. When writing anything with research we, of course, need to cite the source. Now I have more knowledge of citations and their use and why they're used.
I'm glad that you have found more confidence in writing citations! I struggled with the citations a lot when I first started writing, really in any format! I'm glad you could find help in the newsletter. Hopefully you'll be able to find more help in the April issue!
I thoroughly enjoyed your article. I am both proud of and for you! Thank you for sharing. Everyone has a story but not everyone is willing to share. It was terrifying to begin my higher education at the age of forty. To commit to the idea of sitting in classrooms with children, not much older than my own, and take notes and tests took more than a little effort on my part. Nothing is harder than taking the first step toward change. I am so glad to see that it is paying off for you! Congratulations on all your accomplishments!
Dr. Kay Walter,
I think very highly of you as well. My freshman semester was the scariest thing I have done in quite some time. You (and Constance) helped make this transition into student life easier by just being great!
Both of you please take good care always!
Amber Wreyford, so good to hear from you. Thank you for your kindness. Yes it was difficult at best to tell my story. It's not always easy to admit your struggles. It was my hope that I could inspire others that are struggling to keep pushing forward always.
I remember how well you did in freshman comp. Such a good student, I wish I had been that good at any point in my education. Just what I know of you and your study habits, I am confident that you are going to finish this race a winner. Never give up dear. The journey will give you many blessings. One day you will also share a story to inspire.
At one time I wanted to be a teacher in P/E classes. I decided not to work because I lost interest in the field and also getting lost in higher education for Masters degree.
Earnest Brown III, I'm sensing that you may be discouraged, possibly overwhelmed. I hope you have someone to reach out to and encourage your journey. I don't know your story, it seems difficult. Let me know if there is anything I can try to help with. if its simply boosting you up. email@example.com
Stay strong my friend.
Dr. Longing , your article brings awareness to the things that teachers face. After reading your article, I am now more appreciative of teachers. I know that with this current COVID-19 outbreak, teachers had to make fast and sudden changes so that their students could continue to learn. From now on, I am going to be more prayerful about the heavy workload and stress that some teachers may have during the school year. Thank you.
Nyah, teaching is a calling just like working in the medical profession is a calling. My wife is an educator in a public school and has had to make sudden changes in her work. I hope this will be over soon, but I think our way of life is about to change forever.
Your steadfast dedication to living and learning consistently inspires.
Thank you for sharing that with us all.
I really do enjoy reading the new letters they keep me inform and always have a piece of literature that assumes me. The the poem that you use reflects on spring time kind use spring to time and how it evolves to make the poem.
I'm glad you could find some spring time inspiration in the newsletter this month. Hopefully you'll be able to find more inspiration in the next issue!
After reading a few articles. One stuck out to me. With everything going on around the world, I would like to salute doctors, teachers, nurses, and even students. I feel that the ability to step up and adjust quickly to this outbreak, although difficult and stressful, I feel that the teachers coordinating an online plan for students to continue to learn. As well as doctors and nurses working long hours to help others, has been eye opening, life changing and overall I am proud at the way some of them are adjusting and handling the situation.
I do agree with you it’s hard adjusting to this outbreak because everything is changing so quickly and we are having to adjust to being at home all the time , doing school work online and some even working from home. It’s good that we all adjusting in the best way possible but some people are still trying to figure out how to adjust like me.
I enjoyed reading Constant Burch's article. I love how she was aware of her flaws. She made it clear that she was once at an ignorant stage, and unlike most people she accepted her flaws and made a change to it . Some people will never understand how much smoother life can go when they aren't always pointing the finger when bad things happen, When people learn to accept that they play a part, in the bad and good things that happen in life they learn to grow from it , and push for more change. This article brought great inspiration to me more than you will ever know thank you!
Jordan Doakes, Thank you so much, it means a lot to me that you were inspired. We are all ignorant until we are empowered with the knowledge of that which we do not know.
I just know that one day, your story too will inspire someone. That is our purpose in life, to inspire those around us. God Bless.
Mr. Welch, I personally enjoyed your article. I thought that the connection made with your two different experiences made me more locked in to the reading. I myself struggle with writing essays and I truthfully might use the rubric to help me as I go along writing my papers for Dr. Walter. I think it would really in keep me more disciplined with my writing and help me pay closer attention to detail.
Thank you for reading. Keep your focus and by all means use the rubric. I write quite a bit and still use rubrics, several different texts, and friends to make my writing stronger. Please feel free to email me if you need a second or third set of eyes.
I enjoyed reading each article but for some reason, Constance's Article really caught my attention. Although she went through so much, she was always determined to make changes and to me, that's an inspiration.
Marneisha Gulley, Thank you, I'm glad you received the message well. We can go through some really tough things sometimes, key is to just keep moving forward. Grateful I was able to share with you. Keep moving my friend.
While reading this article I deeply connected with Ms. Constance Burch section . While reading her article I seen a part of myself in her article because during my journey of education I have fallen on and off the track . Last semester I had to take a break from school to build my finances up which made me a untraditional student and it took a lot of determination to come back and continue the path of becoming a regulated nurse . I completely agree that the journey of education and life builds on self esteem. I agree with her because once you’ve went thru so many obstacles it proves to you mentally that you can actually do anything that you put your mind to . Her section really inspired me to keep pushing , and reminded me that all of us have the power to comeback from any situation .
Deionna Trotter, Keep fighting the fight hun. Remember there will always be people trying to hold you down, circumstances trying to knock you off your feet, and life constantly changing the direction of the curve. Just hold your head up and keep telling yourself "You got this". I can't wait to hear your story one day. Take Deep Breaths dear one.
Deionna Trotter I agree with you compelety. My freshman year I just wanted to give up on school and everything because i was mentally not okay and depression was trying to take over me. This year it took everything in me to go back because I did not want to go back to college, I was just going to take a break, Constance story did give me more positive thoughts and encourage to keep going no matter what is thrown at you. She had so many milestones and she finish on top. It's always a light at the tunnel and a happy ending to every story. Keep pushing deionna, you are a wonderful friend/mentor to me.
Shatera King, I suffered depression also, and the treatments were very ineffective. How strong you are in keeping your strength up through it and pushing yourself to go back to something you truly feel called to do.I think where many people(Including myself) fail is we get caught up in a goal that is really not suited for them. When we do this, the hardship becomes overwhelming and the emotional trials increase. Thats not to say that things are only smooth when we are on the right track. I watched my daughter struggle so hard through college. She was experiencing depression, and just physically drained. She was very smart but just stopped being able to focus. I thought I had been supportive enough(because of my own trials), that I gave her the option to quit or continue at every turn. I wanted her to do what was best for her. However she felt a strong need to finish and it almost destroyed her emotional wellbeing. She eventually chose to quit and I totally supported her.
We cannot force a dream that is not right for us, and we can never let others make us feel bad for our decision.
Always stay true to your dreams, your goals, your life.
While reading the article this month I really enjoy reading Miss Constance Burch and Mr. Welch stories I just love reading and learning more material about other people life and what is going on now a days in public school. Also, the boys and girls club in McGhee really made me smile because when I was a child I attend the boys and girls there and one of my favorite activities was reading and going to the library. So, seeing the young kids reading it reminds me when I was their age at the boys and girls club.
Jikayla Goins, awesome you got to connect with so much. The newsletter is a great resource. Keep up the good work.
One article that stuck out to me the most is the one talking about COVID 19. What I really enjoyed about reading this article is that how hard the doctors and nurses working long hours to help others and putting there lives at risk it has been eye opening, life changing and also it’s letting me know that this is serious and people need to take it seriously and stay at home because it’s only going to get worse if we don’t.
The COVID-19 issue has changed a lot even since this article was written, and I still see people not taking it seriously! Perhaps we should try and use this article's points to inform those who are not taking it seriously...
I enjoyed reading the articles. It was some articles that stood out to me. The first one I read is Editorial Notes by Dr. Kay J. Walter it is about the teachers teaching on now due to the virus that is going around. Me as a student myself that is in college i am overwhelmed with my online classes and it is a big adjustment as well. I can not imagine what the teachers are going through. In the article it says that the teachers are scrambling to get everything done so their students can have work to do and still being able to learn, i know that is stressful. I do agree with the fear of the higher education for the students and teachers because kids can not get the proper teaching lesson they need and teachers can teach the way the should because they can not talk to their students or they have to send packages of work to their house. The second article is The Liminality of Non-Traditional Higher Education by Constance Burch what i got from her story overall is to not give up and keep pushing yourself no matter how you feel. She did not give up even though she had milestones on her journey to receive her degree. She had teachers to encourage her, mentor her, and a great support system behind her. I can say so myself Dr. Walter is a great teacher and a wonderful person. She's the only teacher that been giving us positives thinking during this virus stuff.
Shatera King, Its wonderful that you chose to open your mind to reading more articles. You just never know where an inspiration will come from. Wonderful responses.
I enjoyed reading all of the articles, but one article stood out to me the most. I found the article, "Teaching Career Burnout and How to Avoid It" really interesting. I have been told by many people while growing up to choose a career I love because you don't want get loose interest in the career you choose. Dr. Jeff Longing is speaking on how teachers can get burnt out on their career. He mentions ways to avoid it that can be helpful. I think that taking time to enjoy yourself with family and friends is a great way to avoid getting burnt out. Teaching is not for everybody.
Mary-Lynn Wagnon, Wise words dear. Teaching is not for everyone. We often tend to choose careers that are not suitable to our personalities.
I enjoyed this months publication. I could relate to so many of the articles and things discussed. I particularly enjoyed Constance sharing her experience as a non-traditional student because I am one as well. It's amazing that the more we learn the less we know. We find out downfalls but also discover attributes we never knew we had until we excerised them through higher education. Constance, I know you will make an exeptional teacher. I enjoyed reading about Dr. Walter's role in this newsletter, the history of why and how she got involved. It is a truly inspirational story. Sometimes in life you must seek out the support you desire. With the right support we as humans can do amazing things.
Krystin Whitter, thank you for finding inspiration in my article. I’m glad you’re having a good experience as a non traditional student. It can be trying at times. We all need inspiration from time to time. Good luck with your journey.
Dr. Waters, the article that stood out most was, Teaching Career Burnout and How to Avoid It, by Dr Jeff Longing. With all the high standards and demands ELA teachers have, I think they are very much underpaid. you have students that are undisciplined at home and at school. That is why it is hard to teach this generation of students. Teachers need help from parents and the state as well. The state has made it difficult for teachers. It is hard to lecture when there's a lot of distractions. Students know they can not be sent out of the classroom. Where I am from, students cannot be sent out of the classroom, because they will miss out on learning. Some teachers don't last five years because of how the system is set up. You are right, teaching has its challenges and is not for everybody.