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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?

Friday, March 14, 2008

Not My Week

I think I'm pretty much reiterating some of what others are feeling right now. It sounds like we've all had some pretty rough times this week. I haven't had my computer crash or "broke" my arm, but I did lose my checkbook. :(

I am having issues that I have never had to deal with before and I'm lost. I have one student who claims she had a heart attack last week. There is NO WAY in *&$$ that she did and be able to come back to school so soon. On top of that, there is no documentation from the hospital in these regards. The past two days, she's had panic attacks. She calls these "heart attacks". So of course, I've been dealing with that drama. Her sister stirs up the pot too and gets my class all upset when she comes in and says that is what has happened (they are in the same class with me). They are out of district kids who I wish would just disappear. I don't have time for their drama.

Then, I have started a program with my students on the website. It's great and fun! The only "problem" now is that the kids want to exercise the whole class period and not do their work. I'm having a hard time getting them to do their work. I want them to exercise because most of them don't outside of school, yet I have things that I have to do at the same time.

If that wasn't enough, I have a class where it is "whites" against "blacks". I clueless as to how to deal with this. I took it to my AP yesterday and told him he could handle it. I can't even teach that class for all the racial issues in there between the students. I spend more time telling them to be quiet than I do teaching. It's getting worse too. One girl tries to take over the class and I have to be extremely careful with her. I don't want to "push her buttons" so to speak and have it erupt into more than it already is. She's also trying to claim that I'm a racist. How fun.

Well, on a positive note, I look forward to class tomorrow. I think we should all start class with a big group hug. LOL


Jessie H said...


I suggest that you get in touch with Toni for suggestions about how to handle the racial issues in your class. Also, there should be someone in your school system who has been trained to help students and staff deal with these issues.

Victoria said...

Unfortunately, race seems to be an issue at my school as well. I have been accused by a student of being racist for writing her up. Well, I think one way to handle this issue is to lecture the students on racial reconciliation periodically. Give them scenarios to discuss in forums or topics to write about that will help them understand that it is wrong to think like this.