Teachers - really need your thoughts!!!!

Discussion in 'Elementary Education Archives' started by Schuyler, Feb 27, 2007.

  1. Schuyler

    Schuyler Comrade

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    I'm about to send out applications to several districts in my area. I've been reading about this new online assessment that a lot of schools are giving. Apparently they do not hire teachers who use to many "I" statements. Instead they want student-centered comments.

    I used the same essay for each application. Most asked about my philosophy or what I can contribute. I do have some "I" statements in there such as:

    Ultimately, it is my privilege and professional responsibility to prepare students for the world by helping them become confident, well-rounded, and conscientious citizens

    As an educator, I will give my students regular opportunities to recognize and embrace their preferred learning styles, interests, and strengths so they may develop a love of learning and the confidence to pursue their dreams.

    As a leader and a role model, I will set an example for my learners by always treating them with dignity and respect.

    Do you think those are too "I-focused?" They all have the interest of the student in mind. I have many other statements that don't have "I" in them, so it's hard to avoid putting it in to some of the statements.

    Thanks for your input!
     
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    It's easy enough to turn some of those statements around. For example:
    My students will be presented with regular opportunities to recognize and embrace their preferred learning styles, interests, and strengths so they may develop a love of learning and the confidence to pursue their dreams.

    At the same time, I wouldn't worry too much about it, the message is what is really important.
     
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    Schuyler Comrade

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    Thanks :)
    I was able to turn most of them around, but would hate to rewrite all 50 if I don't need to. At the same time, I want it to be perfect. There are a couple pages where I have to say "I" - otherwise it becomes grammatically incorrect (passive instead of active)
     

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