Teachers Are Members of Learning Communities

This is my last and final post that is relating to the “What Teachers Should Know and Be Able To Do”. I have enjoyed reading these snippets from the book for National Board Certified Teachers.

I think being a teacher you find a deeper love for learning. We have to be life long learners to really master our skill. There are so many resources for teachers to do this. We have other teachers, parents, and communities. I think one way I will use other teachers to further my learning is by watching master teachers. I learn by watching and then doing. If I could watch a master teacher doing their skill then I can learn so much. I think having master teachers observe our own skill is a great way to learn. Sometimes we get set in our ways and do not realize we could improve in an area. If we could utilize other teachers in our schools to observe and critique us we will become better teachers. Parents are another great resource to help us learn how we can best serve their children. I know parents and teachers do not always see eye to eye, but we can use our meetings with them to learn someting about their child. We share the ultimate goal of educating their child so at some point you would think strategies might align. I think we can learn so much about a child from talking to their parent. Most communities are teeming with people that want to help. As a science teacher I would love to utilize those in the community that have any kind of science background. I think it is great for students to hear information from a different mouth every once in a while. Our communities offer us so many different learning experiences everyday. We would be silly not to utilize those around us.


Raising Support


These past few weeks I have been in the process of getting addresses, stuffing, licking, and sending envelopes. I know what so many people are thinking and NO I am not engaged. I am raising support to start work in Bolivia. This whole process has been truly humbling. I started out so hesitant and almost felt GUILTY for asking people for money. I turned to a few verses to ease my worries and to see the true meaning of biblically raising support. There is so much evidence in the bible that those proclaiming the Gospel should seek financial support from the body of Christ. I prayed over each envelope that I prepared to send out and as I did I was overcome with this feeling of exactly how blessed I am to have all these people in my life. Whether the letters reach them and they feel called to send money or prayer I could ask for no more!

In the letter I included the address to THIS blog. For those supporting me I want them to know how I am doing and to see how much their prayer is helping me. I will be sending out perdiodical updates on life in Bolivia (and still things leading up to the moment of the move). I still have about 85 days before I leave the United States. Before then I have a ton and a half to do.

As most people know by now I don’t really have a way with words… I do science. I’ve never been very good at expressing feelings in speaking or writing, but I will do my best to thoughtfully inform those back home.

For anyone still wondering how to support me financially:

* Go to  www.nics.org/donate (or www.oasisis.org/donate).  Choose Donate Now.
* Choose frequency of donation.  Donors interested in a monthly recurring gift should choose “Monthly.”
* For Designation, choose “Staff Support.”
* A box will pop up that says “Staff Name or Project Number.”  Type in Emma Small, project #003876.
* Type in the amount to give monthly, along with any comments.
* Complete the billing information.  Donors can use either a debit/credit card or a checking account.
* Complete the donation information.
* Complete the information and select “Preview.”  Review the donation and process.