Monday, April 9, 2012

Blog Post 10

Do You Teach or Do You Educate?

After watching this video, I have came to the conclusion that to teach and to educate are two different things. To teach is a verb, in which you show or explain how to do something, encourage someone to accept as a fact or principle, give information about or instruction in, cause someone to learn or understand something, induce by examples of punishment to do or not to do something. To educate, means that you will illuminate, enlighten, inspire, and empower the students. An educator is one who gives intellectual, moral, and social instruction. Also, a mentor, an experienced and trusted advisor. One who guides a person, who advises, and shows the way. I never really thought that there was a difference in teaching and educating, until I watched this video. I would like to be an educator, because I am willing to go that extra mile to make sure that I make a difference in my students lives and learning. I will not be categorized as a  "paycheck teacher". I understand that as an educator, you have to be willing to work overtime in order to have a successful classroom. An educator is one who students would want to look up to or ask for advice on any given subject or matter that they may have. At the end of the video, there was a very important phrase,  "Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education" -MLK.   I totally agree with this phrase,  because you have to be motivated to learn and you have to maintain who you are at all times around your peers and the students.

Don't Let Them Take Pencils Home

Although I had to read the post a few times, I must say that I enjoyed reading it. I agree with everything that was posted.  Focusing on the solution more so as to the problem was a great approach. Sometimes, you have to prove people wrong and Tom Tom did this to Gertrude. The fact that Tom meets with parents to give them an insight on what students are learning is great. At home students can use the "pencils" as a way of learning, even if they play a game of 'Hangman", which Gertrude thinks to be sick and twisted. Tom explains that he does not hold the students accountable, because as long as they are learning, everything is ok. I agree with Tom in this post, because we as adults have to be mindful that children have a different way of learning and that technology is being used widely throughout the world. Things are not the same and the use of technology will only expand, that is why I feel that Tom brought the parents in. It was to make them familiar with the use of the computers.


  1. Derkesha, you did a really good job on this blog post. I can tell you really took your time not only with this post but all your others as well. Keep up the great blogging. Your writing is very clear and to the point. The only thing I saw was you wrote Tom twice but that's very common. Other than that everything looks really good! :)

  2. You caught Tom Johnson's metaphor. Good job.