SONY Ericsson WTA 2009 hero

Think of other educators who can be similarly nominated…….Suniti Marathe is from way around the world;  a local hero who has garnered international attention. 

From the official website

Name: Suniti Marathe

Residence: Goa, India

Why is the nominee a hero?: My mother has been a high school teacher for 20 years now. She teaches kids at schools in villages. She has pursued the idea of education via examples and innovative thinking. She even spends her spare time thinking about how to teach the next lesson better and preparing for it.

She runs a library at home. The books are mostly for kids. She has gotten many kids in our area to read good books. If books are not available in her library, she personally takes the kids to bigger libraries.

Every person in our area recognizes her not only as a good teacher but as a good person and a good human being.

How has the nominee made a difference in your life as well as in the lives of young women in your community?: My mother enforces that there is nothing better than reading good books. Reading not only improves knowledge, but helps improves diction and awareness.

My mom runs valuable education classes at home. She teaches kids simple values of our society through stories and prayers.

Since she teaches at schools in villages, there are often kids from poor families. She provides uniforms and books to them.

What is an example or anecdote that best shows the nominee’s commitment to supporting gender equality?: Whenever my mom has financially helped kids, she visits the families to see if the kids would need anything else to continue their education.

Which Sony Ericsson WTA Tour player do you consider a hero? Why?: Steffi Graf

11 year old public speaker giving lessons to a NBC correspondent

A public school teacher encouraged this 11 year old to unleash his talent – speaking to 17,000 teachers.   Hear commentary from Maya Angelou, US poet.  Despite this talent he is a very average student.“:

The Chinese and Korean Laundry shop model

It fascinated me last summer when I visited an inner city laundromat run by an immigrant family.  With limited English skills these folks practiced customer service, took orders and delivered the product in the said times listed in the shop window.  Clothes were taken in, tagged, instructions for care were written in Chinese script, invoices were prepared for shirts, pants etc. separately and the entire transaction lasted five minutes. 

I have begun to think of this work concept in relation to teaching work skills, daily living skills, enterprenuership,  general organization and daily management to students who might be receive both and IEP or Regents diploma.

Incorporating Technology into teaching and student learning

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The above slide share is a must for any teacher but especially high school teacher intent on meeting the needs of students to communicate, collaborate, share, involve and network with a larger pool of intersted like minded students.