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Voices from the BAM Radio Community sharing their thoughts, insights and teaching strategies.

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Teaching should not be "Survival of the Fittest"

As a teacher, it can be hard to escape the political aspects of the job. As a mentor of mine once cleverly stated: "Choosing a career in education is choosing a career in politics."

These politics are not making our profession any easier, and they tend to increase pressure on teachers to produce positive results.

Right now, though, I want you to take a moment and STOP.

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I have flaws. I have lots of them.

 

Peter DeWitt

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If you follow me on TwitterInstagram, or Facebook, chances are you have seen my usage of #OurFutureFirst, but what does it mean? What and who does it apply to? Why am I using it when posting about political, global, and educational issues? What is the point?

I came up with the phrase “Our Future First” when discussing politics and life with my good friend and mentor Marlena Gross-Taylor. We were trying to create a slogan for a potential political campaign that would be inclusive while signalling our intent to focus on the future of our country and our world. I suggested these three words and we immediately knew that we had something.

Our

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I taught in the classroom for eleven years before I put a finger to keyboard to blog. So why did I decide to blog? And why should you? There are two compelling reasons for you to start your own blog.

Reason 1 - Your Profession Needs You

If you have the intellectual curiosity about education to read BamRadio Network EdWords, then you're doing something awesome in your classroom that other teachers would benefit from reading about. Think about teachers in the United States today - underpaid, underappreciated, isolated, scapegoated. You have the ability to help them by blogging about the awesome things you do. How can you pass up that opportunity?

Here is a quick exercise. Think of three or four awesome things you do in the classroom. Print up this blog post and jot them in the space below.

 

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Hold up your head! You were not made for failure, you were made for victory. Go forward with joyful confidence.

George Eliot

For the past two years we have held a 21st Century Respect Event. Numerous folks have volunteered their time to teach us about such topics as respecting our environment, respecting our digital footprint and respecting our bodies. This year I was able to join a student in a fun and rigorous workout that reminded me that I have much work to do.

While each of the sessions taught me something, for the past two years, one session in particular has captured my attention like none other. Both years I have finished the evening at the barber station. At this station several lucky young men get to receive a haircut from a local barber. A local barber who has donated their time and energy after having cut hair all day.

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