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Jon Titus
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Re: How Do I Become A Teacher At A Community College?
Jon Titus   12/2/2013 12:33:57 PM
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At the school-district technology center nearby, the two engineering teachers both have engineering degrees. But I have known good technology teachers who did not have engineering degrees, but they could call on many years of practical experience. Some states have an accelerated teaching-certificate program, but I bet most of them require a BA or BS degree.  Some smaller colleges might not, though.  Talk with the people at your local school-district office and talk with teachers in high schools, vo-tech schools (if there are any left), and colleges with associates degrees in engineering. They know the lay of the land and can offer advice. --Jon

zeeglen
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Re: Enjoy your Retirement
zeeglen   12/1/2013 11:32:44 PM
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@78RPM (wonder how many know the ancient technology behind this?)

Another form of mentoring can be as simple as sharing a how-to with a neighbor.

Long, long ago I was trying to replace a broken cedar fence post.  The remains were anchored into the ground with cement, and in spite of the big hole I dug my sons and I just could not get that SOB out.

My next-door neighbor was a retired farmer, and in his time had dealt with many reluctant fence posts.  He came over with a chain, and showed us how to wrap the chain around the broken post and around the new post.  Then use the new post as a lever to pry the broken post out of the ground.  Following that I bought a chain, after that no fence post ever messed wih me again

A few years ago I witnessed my own neighbor struggling with the same problem, whereupon I brought over my chain and helped him remove his fence post.

That old retired farmer has probably long since passed away, but his wisdom lives on...

78RPM
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Re: Enjoy your Retirement
78RPM   12/1/2013 8:58:45 PM
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@zeeglen I would also add that the student who feels inspired should go back and tell the teacher about his/her inspiration. I went back to my high school physiology teacher a few years later to tell him that his compehensive sex education saved a lot of us from making serious life mistakes. He taught us more about the human reproductive system than most adults know today.

My wife was a teacher in her early years. A bad boy stole a valuable glass globe from her desk.  She walked into a very dangerous neighborhood to knock on his door and ask for it back.  Then she forgave him and gave him a privilege or two. Another kid wrote an obscene word on her board. She called him to her side in private and asked him if he did it. He said, "yeah."  It turns out that his mother was a drug addict and he had to get himself dressed and fed every morning to come to class. She forgave him and he became her willing servant for the rest of the term.

Go back and reward your teachers for what they gave you.

zeeglen
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Just a few minutes
zeeglen   11/30/2013 11:09:57 PM
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Some forms of Mentoring can be done in just a few minutes.  Years ago, I had my 8" reflector telescope out in my driveway when my back-alley neighbor Greg drove home along with his 7-year-old daughter.

They came over to see what I was doing, and Greg  looked through the eyepiece at Saturn with amazement.

Then I pulled out a plastic stool (a milk crate) so his little girl could stand on it and see Saturn through the telescope.

She gasped in amazement "It looks like a diamond!"

They have long since moved away, that little girl is probably in college now, maybe, just maybe, that glance through the telescope might have influenced her career decision.

taimoortariq
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Re: Re : Mentors
taimoortariq   11/30/2013 10:19:12 PM
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Jmiller, Thats a great thought to have, one should never underestimate the importance of teaching some important thing to someone. It might become the basis of someones success.

taimoortariq
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Re: MENTORS
taimoortariq   11/30/2013 10:16:34 PM
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I would say the mentor helps you achieve the goal in your life. They develop your interest for the field and make you capable to pursue it.

taimoortariq
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A good mentor
taimoortariq   11/30/2013 10:12:31 PM
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Having a good mentor is definitely a blessing. I worked in a research Lab in which sometimes things used to get very complex to figure out. I had a great mentor who was very kind enough to always spare some time to clear out the confusions. To have some senior guide to train you is definitely better than all the books and manuals out there.

shehan
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Re: MENTORS
shehan   11/30/2013 9:53:27 PM
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@a.saji – Having a mentor in life is like having a goal, working towards achieving it in life is the objective.

shehan
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Re: Re : Mentors
shehan   11/30/2013 9:44:27 PM
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@pubudu – yes the mentors we chose in our life will have the same characteristics that we want to be in life. 

shehan
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Re: tx: you've been a great mentor!
shehan   11/30/2013 9:42:53 PM
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@pubudu – yes having a mentor will always motivate you to work towards achieving your goal. We need to be careful in choosing a mentor.

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