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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Monday, March 3, 2008

Important Things

Having just begun my new career, I was surprised at the simple inability of most of my students to communicate even the most rudimentary idea or thought without being rude or inappropriate. Taking a few steps back to think, I began to realize - IT IS A DIFFERENT WORLD. It seems I spend as much time teaching "Human Being 101" as I do anything else. That is okay by me. Personally, I really feel a connection to the teachers who were "old school". You were going to learn, you were going to behave, and you !@#$ well better like it. As I don't have children of my own, I feel like I have 100 at school. My students may behave like wild animals outside my door, but when they enter my door ...THEY ARE MINE AND THEY KNOW IT! Helping turn out a decent person is more important than turning out a good construction worker.


Connie said...

Hi Joe,
I liked your post. Yes, we have to teach them how to be decent human beings. Somewhere along the line, parents have dropped the ball. We live in a hurry-hurry, rush-rush world. There seems to be no time for parents to teach their kids the basics.

We need more teachers just like you!

steve said...

I agree to a point. Although I think it would be great if we could change the world. But I think our jobs as teachers are to produce productive citizens that can make a living instead of just living off the system. Working for one dealership for 14 years and being shop foreman for the last seven of those years, I had the opportunity to work with several kids fresh out of high school and a few just out of technical college. I remember thinking to myself, what in the world are these kids being taught in the 2 to 4 years they were in their automotive programs at these schools. It appeared that someone had wasted their time. I don't want people looking at my graduates and thinking the same thing. I strive everyday to produce the most knowledgeable automotive student that I can. Just my thoughts.

Dwayne Connors said...

That last statement was very well put!