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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?

Sunday, March 9, 2008

What I've Learned Lately...

Well, I suppose my love for the students has to be my answer here. After nearly four years in this gig, I have certainly realized that I love working with these kids. When I first left the studio industry to enter teaching, I knew that it was the kids or my ultimate attitude toward the kids, that would make or break this as a career for me; and I would have quietly limped back to the studio world. But as I stand here a teacher today, I know that I have a real desire and enjoyment that comes from working with high school seniors. I didn't know at first, but I certainly know now!


joec said...

I completely agree. You either love the students and the interaction, or you hate it. While I have met instructors with both opinions, there is no "middle-ground" there. Thanks for another onteresting post.

Dwayne Connors said...

Right on Core! I watch these kids everyday as they push through all of the typical teenage stuff and I wonder how they will do in the real world. My heart really goes out for them, even the ones who constantly get on my nerves. All I really want for them is total and complete success! I have one student who has an 18 month old boy. I ask him about his son quite often. He needs to know how important it is to take care of that little guy. I have a girl in my 1st block who just came out of "Home bound" status. She just had a little boy. My heart really breaks for thier situations. I think it makes me try harder as a teacher.