Work ethic: Pride and responsibility in students work

I just finished reading the book: The World is Flat by Thomas Friedman. It was a good book; the kind that is thought provoking and pushes one to action. I would encourage you to read it, if you haven’t.

In the following weeks, I will mention this book often on this blog.  Mr. Friedman is not a teacher; he is a journalist and a father. However, he can articulate an educational mission for our children with surprising clarity and vision. His comments on education and social justice are commendable.

The first issue I am going to tackle is responsibility and pride or work ethic. In my own educator’s journey I see how our students’ work ethic has change. I remember not long ago the effort our students used to put in their work. But in the last 5 years I have observed carelessness in the way they work and in the assignments they turned in, when they decide to turn them in. If any one of you feel the same please let me know. We need to strategize and combat this enemy with all the tools we have.


About drcorretjer

Doctorate in Administrator Leadership for Teaching and Learning. Vast experience working with English language Learners and their families. Has successfully implemented programs that increased parental involvement in schools and professional collaboration among teachers. Has presented at local, state, and national levels on the topics of curriculum and best teaching practices for English Language Learners. Specialized in alternative assessments for English Language Learners to include portfolios. My goal at this time is to mentor,and nurture new teachers or prospective teachers. I'd like to create a bridge between their college education and the realities of a public school classroom. I believe we can attract and retain the best and the brightest if we provide them with a real foundation and help them be successful. Our children deserve that. Publications: Listen to me: Exploring students' voices regarding homework Lambert Academic Publishing |May 11, 2011 Most of the research conducted about homework is based on adults’ perspectives. This case study explored the perspectives of 5th and 6th grade students in comparison with 10 teachers’ perceptions regarding homework completion. The author administered questionnaires and conducted in depth interviews using a stratified purposive sample and extreme case sampling; which educed the participants’ perceptions and practices about homework. The students’ represented 4 distinct groups: English Language Learners, general education, gifted and talented and special education. The teachers’ instruct 5th and 6th grade. The results of the study indicate that students do not complete their homework because they find it too hard, boring, or they do not understand it. Interestingly, students think that worksheets are hard and boring. However, they are not against homework! This book should benefit teachers, parents, school administrators and staff developers. It would also help develop homework practices that would increase homework completion and student learning. This book brings out the voices of the students to the forefront. After all, they are the ones doing the homework. Listen to them!
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