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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?

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Wow....truly an inspiring and enlightening video. That guy is really good, but I think this part was my favorite by far. Ya know, I feel that I am VERY conscious about giving a "little extra love" to my students who I KNOW are "down some chips," but I think that this video really made me understand how important that is and what a great impact it can have on a child. But also, it reminded me NOT to forget that A student, who behaves well, is great in class, has money and a car and friends...but yet; maybe he/she is covering up. Or rather, maybe, some of these types of kids just push through it, or some, they just seem to "handle" everything fine. Well, looks can be deceiving. I realized this semester that one of my "good" kids, one "that will be fine" out there in life, was having issues at home with an alcoholic birth parent and a step-parent. But this kid would have NEVER used that as some excuse or reason to "act out" or whatever. Nope; this kid just quietly handled everything in his own way. I find out that he had been living in his car and then at a friend's house for a while when he actually DID come and talk to me. We had a good rapport and I think he just got to the end of his rope. Anyway, long story short, that video TRULY made me realize that even the "high-rollers" can be WAY down on chips....and still appear to be a high roller!


Dwayne Connors said...

Now you've got me wondering! It would be nice to know who the high rollers are in my groups. We don't want anyone to slip through the cracks. We want to help them all if we can!

Julie J. said...

Great point Corey! I guess I hadn't really thought of it that way, but you are right on the money!

jjumack said...

I agree with Julie and Dwayne. It's good to know this student had enough confidence in you to open up.Also, for this student to continue to be a high roller despite his situation,really speaks volumes about his survival skills.

Jessie H said...

Thanks for sharing this. It's too easy for us to assume that the well-behaved, high performing kid has everything going for him/her. We need to be careful about the assumptions we make about our students. Thanks for keeping us humble.