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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?

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

What I've learned so far

Before I started teaching I was regarded as a very patient person. I was the "rock" in my household in that regard and I sort of took a bit of pride in it. Well the Bible says in Proverbs that "pride comes before the fall". Well, that is what I learned before I fell and I'm very thankful that someone was there to see my "lack" of patience. These kids have made me realize that they have more "foolishness" than I have patience for. I am taking a completely different approach now. I don't hold it in anymore. Lately, more and more, I find myself dealing with even the simplest of behavioral problems when they happen instead of waiting until I'm at the "end of my rope". I don't want these kids to see a monster. I want them to see firmness and care. I spend more time talking to them about these issues at the beginning of class instead of waiting until they have no more attention to give me. Things are a lot better now. I think they're beginning to see a friend in me as well as a teacher.


steve said...

I think your on the right path.Respect doesn't come from fear but rather understanding and knowledge.If you show the students that although you are the one with authority you do understand where they are coming from,and you will stop the problems before they snowball.They will preceive this as stength and also as you doing them a favor by not letting the situation get to where someone goes to the office.Also having the knowledge to teach these students will make them look up to you ,maybe more like a friend than a teacher.My third block students are like this,it is a pleasure to teach these kids because when we get in class there is a mutual respect.They expect me to teach them everything I can,and I expect them to learn everything I teach.I wish all classes were like this one.

Jessie H said...

I found your post very interesting. I'd love to hear more about this classroom management transformation. As my horseback riding instructor always tells me, it's much harder to stop a runaway horse than to prevent a horse from taking off in the first place. In other words, I think it's awesome that you've managed to rein your students in by trying different things until you found what worked for you and for them. Congratulations!