Teaching a Third of a Century Ago

Ronnie Mincey

Mincey’s Musings
Year One, Week Forty-Six

As I was thinking of what to write for this week, I remembered an assignment I did for my Introduction to Education class at Lincoln Memorial University. I have many of my college papers in a file cabinet in my lawnmower shed.

The assignment was to conduct interviews with two teachers using a list of provided questions. We must have had a choice of whether we would receive a grade, for I had written in the upper right hand corner of the cover sheet “WANT A GRADE_____”.

After a visit to the First Baptist Church of Maynardville where I participated in the Lord’s Supper and got to meet and hear their new pastor, I located the paper I wanted. I submitted the assignment to Dr. Ben McClure on May 16, 1985. Thirty-three and a half years later, I am going to share with you excerpts from those interviews.

The assignment to interview two teachers proved to be a very enjoyable experience for me . . . Both were willing and helpful and I am appreciative of their support.
“Teacher A” . . . has been teaching for nine years. Her main reason for choosing teaching as a career was the time off in the summer afforded her to spend it with her children. Teaching makes life interesting for her. (This was related in a tone of voice signifying that it is not necessarily a positive interest.) She complains of getting little respect, having many disciplinary problems, little time to actually teach and no community support. The rewards “A” gets from teaching are few; the only ones she mentioned were seeing results in the few motivated students she has. She sees the lack of parental involvement as the main frustration of teaching. She feels that the rewards of teaching no longer outweigh its frustrations.

“A” believes that the most important personal characteristics a teacher should possess are patience, consistency, and strong discipline. She personally respects the teaching profession, but does not feel that parents presently do. She emphatically declared that she would not encourage her children to teach, and stated that she has already begun to discourage them. The most pressing difficulty that teaching presents for her is personal harassment to herself and her children. The one thing she would like to see changed in education is the removal of those unwilling or unable to be educated. “Teacher A” advises anyone considering the teaching profession to “pray about it”. Her final comment stated that if discipline and public backing do not improve, schools will be hard pressed to find any teachers at all. Further, she feels that ridding the school system of sports in general would greatly improve teaching conditions.

“Teacher B” . . . is presently engaged in her forty-seventh year of . . . teaching . . . Her main reason for entering the teaching profession is that she just wanted to, having a liking for young people. Teaching makes “B’s” life happier; she enjoys it. Her rewards in teaching come from a feeling of helping others, while her frustrations center around those students who just don’t care. For her, the rewards most definitely outweigh the frustrations. She feels that the most important personal characteristic a teacher must possess is patience. She possesses a deep respect for the teaching profession, but feels that the majority of parents don’t. Even though “Teacher B” is obviously quite optimistic about her position, she would not encourage her child to become a teacher. “B” had a slight pause when trying to recall her most difficult task, but finally came up with having to work her schedule around interruptions (such as ball games held during the school day), outside attractions and paperwork. If she could change anything about her job, she would ask for more time to plan. She advises anyone considering the teaching field to take a second look. Her final words to the education major are to prepare well for the job.

If these ladies were still teaching without any leaves, “A” would be in her forty-second year, and “B” would be in her eightieth. Were this the case, it would be interesting to interview them once again, using the same questions. I found it most interesting that the teacher who had taught the longest was the most positive about her experience, but that not even she would recommend her own child to become a teacher. Most notably absent from the interviews of thirty-three years ago are the mention of technology and evaluation.

In the coming weeks, I will interview two teachers currently in the field so you the reader can see what has changed and what has remained the same. Until next we meet in print, I leave you with this blurb from my emails:

A basketball coach told a player who received four F's and one D:
"Son, looks to me like you're spending too much time on one subject."

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Sewing Community Seeds

Front: Kirra and Peyton Duncan, age 8 and 10; Back: Judi Gerew, Judy Duncan and Mary Johnson stand below “Grandmother’s Jumping Jacks,” the paper-pieced quilt the five created and bestowed to the book station. Fabric for the quilt was donated by Nancy Sullivan and Penny Westrick.

There was street parking only for most of the morning on May 11, when the Sharps Chapel community came together to celebrate a long-anticipated event at the Historic Oak Grove School, now home to the Sharps Chapel Book Station.

Norris Lake Quilting Bee members Mary N. Johnson, Emily Lemming, Rita Poteet, Nancy Sullivan, Judi Gerew, Rebecca Miller, Janet Pauciulo, along with three Sharps Chapel residents, Kirra, Judy and Peyton Duncan made a decision to dive headfirst into a community project.

Computers Can Be a Real Pain in The Neck

It’s a posture so common we almost don’t notice it anymore: someone sitting at a computer, jutting his or her head forward to look more closely at the screen. But this seemingly harmless position compresses the neck and can lead to fatigue, headaches, poor concentration, increased muscle tension and even injury to the vertebrae over time. It can even limit the ability to turn your head.

Creation Delivers God's Message continued

Archie Wilson

The Courtship
Bringing all the covenant imagery to life in Jesus Christ.
(NOTE: This is part 3 on this subject. The last article in this series was published on 04/30/2019)

Revelation 21:9
“And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.”

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Fallen Baby Birds

Sometimes you find an immature bird that has fallen out of the nest, which can happen in the spring when the birds are old enough to move around in the nest but too young to fly. Their flopping about sometimes puts them on the ground and in serious trouble. So what to do?

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Church Humor

Ronnie Mincey

Mincey’s Musings
Year Two, Week Eighteen

One has to be careful when typing or texting, especially when texting. Sometimes the auto-correct on Facebook can get a person in trouble, like the preacher who once texted me that he was sitting on his deck; unfortunately, auto-correct changed the vowel in the word “deck”. The message that came to me, though totally unintended, was hilarious, and provided my soon-to-be-deceased stepson one of his last moments of hilarity. I never told the preacher of his mishap.

Making Dirt Taste Good

Believe it or not, this old tomboy is a pretty decent cook. Most people don’t expect a girl who grew up wrestling and playing ball to be able to prepare scrumptious food. You see, I had the advantage of learning from two awesome southern cooks: my Mamaw Myrtle/Girdle and my Mamaw Jo.

Mamaw Myrtle/Girdle was more of a “fancy” cook; whereas, Mamaw Jo cooked with a country flair. I still use a combination of their different methods, but there was one thing they both agreed on: bacon grease could make dirt taste good.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park; or preaching to the choir...

Rushing stream in the Smokies.

In my personal opinion, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is one of the most fascinating places on Earth. I have been there more times than I can recall and learned many things each time I went. I learned about the rocks, the animals, about the different types of flowers and trees, and I learned about the people who once called this area home. I learned that after a hip replacement surgery, I could walk all the way up to the Mount LeConte lookout. I was tired, but I had done it! At times it was like a home away from home.

Water Bears Just Don't Care

Adult Tardigrade

An Adult Water Bear

In 1773, German zoologist Johann August Ephraim Goeze peered through his compound microscope and gazed upon a tiny, eight-legged creature he dubbed a “little water bear”. Cute, huh? The scientific name for these itty-bitty varmints is “tardigrade”, but there’s another nickname for them I like better – moss piglet. Can you believe it? I mean, look at that thing. Moss piglet! That’s perfect. I can almost hear it oinking.

Golden Banana Cake

Do you like bananas? I do and so does my daughter Anne. Since she does our grocery shopping nowadays, she has a method of choosing which bananas to buy. We have a friend from the Philippines who taught us how to select the best banana. She looks for bananas with thick fat ends, not pointy ones. She is right. There is more banana hiding behind the peel. She says they have a better flavor, too.

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Junior 4-H Camp

Monday, June 3, 2019 - 08:00

4-6th graders are invited to attend camp week in Greeneville alongside friends, volunteers, and extension agents. Fishing, crafts, skills, ga-ga ball, shooting sports, archery, canoeing, and so much more is taught at camp!

4-H Fashion & Design Conference

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - 08:00

Soend 3 days creating new projects, learning about fashion, meeting new friends, becoming a model, and most of all Having Fun! Different sessions and classes will be held including sewign and craft projects. Learn to be a smart shopper at the outlet malls and have a special dinner out on the town. Register by March 11. For 6-12th graders only.

June Jubilee at The Winery

Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 12:00

It is time to celebrate SUMMER!

Saturday, June 8th from Noon till 8 PM

Live Music From:
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They will be playing music from the vinyl era, the tunes that you know and love!!
Overdrive 4 pm - 8 pm
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Wine and Wreaths

Thursday, June 20, 2019 - 18:00

Thursdays just got so much better!
Join us at The Winery every Thursday for
amazing drink specials and exciting activities.

In June, join us for a fun Wine and Wreaths event.
During this class, get ready for 4th of July by crafting a wreath while enjoying a glass of wine. Various ribbons are available so you can make the wreath your own. The class is only
$25 and includes all the materials needed as well as the glass of wine. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling The Winery at (865)745-2902.

Obituary

Tammy Kay "Taylor" Wallace

On May 22, 2019, I lost my best friend and mother Tammy Wallace.
You were my anchor that kept me grounded. My confidant, my conscience, my sanity.
You gave me something to look forward to in life. You gave me peace, safety and happiness.
I love you with all my heart and soul, I will carry you in my heart until I see you again.

Wanda Edith Lambdin Barton

Wanda Edith “Lambdin” Barton-age 81 of Maynardville passed away Saturday, May 25, 2019 at her home following a brief illness. She was a member of Oak Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Sharps Chapel. She was born May 10, 1938 the daughter of the late John and Blanchie (Ray) Lambdin; also preceded in death by brothers, Roy, Troy, Lawrence and Sherman Lambdin; sisters, Reba Cole and Goldie Mae Bull.

Vasco Newton Albright, Jr.

Vasco “Buzz” Albright, Jr., age 70 of Knoxville, passed away on May 23, 2019. He served his country as a medic in the U.S. Army and was also an expert marksman. Buzz loved gardening, flea markets and fixing things. He is preceded in death by his wife of 39 years, Tommie Sue Albright; brother, L.D. Albright; and parents, Vasco and Lora May Albright. He is survived by his son, Joshua Albright; sisters, Wilma Boruff and Sheila Davis; brother, John Albright; sister-in-law, Darlene Albright; several nieces and nephews.

Cameron Eli Smith

Cameron Eli “Cam” Smith-age 20 of the Big Ridge Community of Union County left us too soon to be with the Lord Wednesday morning, May 22, 2019. Cam was saved at the age of nine alongside his sister, Reagan at Milan Baptist Church. He then attended and joined Walnut Grove Baptist Church. Cam was a great son, brother, uncle and friend who was a blast to be around and his laughter was contagious. Cams love and compassion for sports was unmatched.

Marnie Alexandria Tolliver-Graham

Marnie Alexandria Tolliver-Graham, age 41, of Corryton, TN, died May 21, 2019, in Charleston, South Carolina.

Marnie was born March 23,1978, in Greeneville, TN.

She was devoted to her family, friends, and cats. She had a love of literature, travel, purses, shoes, and revenge.

Preceded in death by maternal grandfather, Herbert Lynch, and paternal grandparents Phlim and Hallie Tolliver.

Evan Thomas Richey

Evan Thomas Richey, age 18, passed away on May 17, 2019 after a
year long battle with osteosarcoma. Evan was born on November 16,
2000. He showed us what a true superhero really is as he
demonstrated amazing courage, bravery and strength during his
battle. His thoughtfulness and kindness even in the face of an
insurmountable nemesis called cancer showed us all what a truly
remarkable young man he was. We will never forget his kind and
caring heart, and we honor his legacy by never forgetting this brave

Bryce Collier

Bryce Allen Collier – age 19, our beloved son, brother, family member and friend passed away tragically on May 22, 2019 in Knoxville. Those who knew Bryce, even just a little, lost a shining light in their lives. Born on March 23, 2000 to parents, Amy and Greg Collier of Luttrell, Bryce was an outstanding athlete. He played football, basketball and was an excellent baseball player. Bryce loved his family, friends and sports. He graduated Gibbs High School in 2018 and was currently employed at Clayton Homes.

Mary Suggs Cox

Mary Suggs Cox, age 80 died at UT Medical Center on May 22, 2019. She graduated from Central High School in 1955. She then retired from AT&T after 30 years. Preceded in death by parents Lon Suggs and Zetta Smith Suggs, brothers Charles Suggs and Jimmy Suggs. She is survived by husband J.D. Cox, son John, daughter Joy (Keith) McElroy, grandson Joey (Lena) Treece, 5 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends 4:00-6:00pm Saturday, May 25, 2019, at Mynatt Funeral Home Halls Chapel with service to follow at 6:00pm. Rev. Randall Singleton will officiate.

Reeda Gail Garrison Miller

Reeda Gail Garrison Miller, age 75, of Hendersonville, TN, formerly of Powell, TN, went to be with the
Lord on May 20, 2019 surrounded by family. She was born January 5, 1944 in Knoxville to the late
Thomas Reed and Margaret Garrison. Gail attended Powell High School and graduated from Fulton High
School in 1962. She married the love of her life, Kenneth, on June 22, 1973.
She began her 45-year career at the University of Tennessee and spent time at both the IRS and TVA;

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