Whoever says that "one of the best perks of being a teacher are the breaks"... mustn't be a teacher. #teacherlife
I spent my break finishing up some professional development folders (translated: super long portfolios of writings, reflections, and captions), grading 160+ journals / 35+ video project, planning for the upcoming week I'll be out to attend the STN conference, and ended my break with 2 whole days of the ever inspiring Google Summit (an invigorating and draining training session on everything Google Apps for Education has to offer).
Why work so much? Life is what you make of it. "Free time" is never free, it costs you the time that you could be doing else. Time you could be investing in making the most of what you're given. I may not be a genius, but I know how to work hard and I hope you learn that too!
How did you spend your break?
About The Program
The Ewa Makai Media group consists of Hawaii's first all-inclusive mandatory media program focusing on: Video Production, Business Exploration, and App Design.
About Mr. Toyota
When they say "professions run in the family," the saying holds true for my family and I. My mother, my aunty, and my grandmother were all teachers before me and I didn't ever think I'd be the one to take up the mantle. I've been teaching since 2008 and started at the age of 23 years old.
I'm a National Board Certified teacher with a Bachelor's in Secondary Education: Social Studies. Additionally, I serve as a HSTA PD Trainer, Media Department Founder at Ewa Makai Middle School, Club Advisor, and Event Organizer for video-focused events in the Leeward District.
Basic Teaching Philosophy
There are constantly occurring learning opportunities. As a teacher, it is my duty to not only help students see these opportunities at face value, but to help them profit from these experiences.
I believe that learning is growing and that growing in the right direction is an important aspect of being successful. I can help the imperfect, I can hardly help those who are perfect. Although academics is an important part of a child's life, I understand that a child's life is even more important than school as an institution. Homework, tests, grades, and due dates pale in comparison to preparing a child for their future. I am but one person amongst a community of people that will come into a child's life, whether my role is small or large, my actions have lasting implications.
I will always strive to make a difference, to help student's grow in the right direction, to develop their passions, and to prepare them for the struggles ahead. It is my duty, my honor, and my will as their teacher.
- Ethan Toyota