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Student Teachers and New Teachers: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The teaching profession seems to be in the middle of a vast series of changes that are shifting the very nature of our profession. The old teaching format: Meet the curriculum, give the students content, and prepare them for university with tests and papers. The new teaching format: Meet the students needs, give them skills for independent learning, prepare them for the real world. Both have pros and cons.

Personally I enjoy the new teaching format. The problem with the new format is that we have to throw it on top of the already established method. At the end of the day, we as educators need to meet the curriculum and give students a final grade, and often times, give a final exam. This makes it difficult to meet the requirements and show the benefits of the new method. The old format also appears to be more  time and curriculum friendly towards teachers. I say appears because many of us have difficulties giving the new format the required time and dedicated it requires to really show off the punch it packs.

Every teacher has different opinions on both of these methods and we as students are having to use both at the same time. This is leading to a lot of confusion and chaos for both the students, teachers, and student-teachers in the schools and universities. I feel that if we were sent five years back in time to be taught how to teach, it would be a lot more clear what we need to do (I would still prefer the new format of teaching however). Additionally I feel that if we were sent five years into the future, we would have a much better idea on what we need to do as educators as most school systems would have finally adapted. What are your thoughts on this?

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The Sextortion of Amanda Todd

A long time ago, I watched the Sextortion of Amanda Todd. This video discussed the Amanda Todd case in depth. Before watching this, I was dissapointed that Amanda Todd was the face of bullying. When this case exploded, the news and online media talked about how an ‘attention whore’ would show nudity online (at the time, I thought it was to some of her friends over skype, rather than 150 blog tv viewers). It was never reported (To me) that she was harassed for years and attempted to get away from it. Now I see why she is, and deserves to be, the face of bullying.

The video quotes “When the boys are giving attention to a girl, the other girls get upset” This is a Common scenario. The early bloomers of puberty for girls tend to be bullied at future dates, while the late bloomers tend to become the popular ones.

Amanda was smart enough to not fullfil threats and blackmails to send more photographs for the promise of the screenshot of her flashing to not make its rounds (for the third time). But eventually, Amanda went back to the sites that she originally found trouble on, talking with people making ludicrous requests again.

Before watching this video, I only knew about the Amanda Todd incident from her single video that went viral. I believed that any child that got in trouble online did so because the parents did zero monitoring of the computer. I myself was in one of these categories; my parents did not monitor my internet or computer usage at all and there were very clearly problems with video game addiction and other things. But it becomes clear after watching that her parents did in fact monitor her activity regularly and were open minded to the possibilities of the internet.Why would she do this?

 

Keep reading to find out. It’s a well known reality that teenage girls are very mean to one another, and that this can create extremely bullied women with little self-esteem who hear very little, if none, positive things about themselves. Give them a small or large audience of compliments and flirting and bullied individuals might do things that they know they shouldn’t for it these good feelings and comments to continue.

Society took a girl who was bullied harshly, but online she was wanted and adored. She had hundreds of followers whom talked nicely to her… Even though all the trouble started online, she probably told herself to never do something like flashing again and went back on to her ‘adoring fans.’ But this is all speculation.

 

Amanda Todd is a lesson for us as people, teachers, parents, friends, and strangers. It’s a sign to stop bullying, stop cyber bullying, and teach safety to the next, current, and past generations.