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High School Stories by Casey Neistat
"We won the lottery on life." Casey Neistat argues that just by being born in the United States, we have won the lottery on life and because of that we are obligated to take of any opportunity made available to us. Many people are born into third world countries, and we simply already have an immediate advantage in life simply based off of where we are born. Through his compilation of short stories, Neistat presents the many different opportunities he was granted in life and how it is important that you take advantage of each and every single one.
As an educator it is vital that we present opportunities for our students to succeed and encourage them to take advantage of any opportunity given to them. Throughout my graduate education, I have been granted several opportunities that have helped me to become a better teacher. I have been granted the opportunity to expand my education on multi-cultural education, technology based education, collaboration based education, and innovative teaching methods. Through these opportunities I have been able to expand my theory of education.
I especially feel that in today's day and age, technology prsents a large variety of opportunities to students and other youth. The expansion of technology has allowed students to have immediate access to vast knowldege like never before. social media has presented network capabilities beyond recconing, the internet has provided access to knowledge more accessable, and communication via the many differnet forms of technology has made the exchanging of ideas an easier and supplemental way to gain knowledge. Teachers who do not embrace technology are denying students access to opportunities to learna and are simply stuck in a prehistoric world that no longer exists. Utilizing technology in a classroom will only further a students learnign and will expand opportunities in the classroom. Additionally, their are many computer-based skills that can and should be learned that will help students to succeed when they enter the work force. Technology is an opportunity for teachers to expand their toolbox, and more importantly, is an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge, skills, and will provide further opportunities in their future.
Students should learn how to recognize the several different opportunities they are granted to them and they should feel encouraged to embrace the different opportunities. It is also important to not take opportunities away from our youth. Opportunities can be small, medium or large, and allowing students to take advantage of any and all opportunities in their education, work, and life.
Neistat, C. (2015, January 15) High School Stories [Video file]. Retrived from: https://youtu.be/_ayTA-tJr3A
Teacher candidate at CSU, San Marcos.
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