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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?

Thursday, March 6, 2008


Who would have ever though that I would ever be teaching, especially high school. A couple of years ago, I use to always say that I did not like teenagers at all. That probably came from the foolisheness I witnesses in the streets of Miami.

Well, what I have really come to learn in the past year, is that I have some type of 'Magic Power" within me, to make all the kids love me, even the ones that I am mean to. I can't seem to get them away from me. I must say that it has a lot to do with what O'Connor said in his post, you have to build trust with your students, to the point where they will work, just because they believe its for you not for them to graduate.

My administrators have started calling me or sending students to my office to handle their discipline issue, because these crazy kids are in the office telling the administrators that they not talking to anyone except Ms. Barnes, or send me to Ms. Barnes room and I will do my work. REMEMBER, I don't even like teenagers, why won't they leave me alone..AAAAHHHHHHH!!!! LOL


Julie J. said...

It's obvious that these kids respect you if they are telling administration that they want to come see you. Either that or you are a pushover (which I know is not true!). Way to go, you may be the only positive influence they have in their lives. Sometimes it takes a little push to get over a dislike of something and maybe your dislike of teenagers makes you work harder to do better. I admire you Toni!!!

Steven Vinsant said...

When offering me the job, My Principal said he wanted to see the day when kids..."Lined up" for the Public Safety class. I thought the best way to get this done was to market the class. Last semester, I began holding my cool labs in the yard, in the face of the whole front of the building. I prefaced this by sending a campus wide e-mail inviting the whole student body to join in. All of the sudden...I had the math classes trying to figure a formula for the way the radar gun operated...I had the Psychology class watching to determine the impact the "traffic stop" had on the emotions...etc. After advisement, I have been told by several teachers that they had students lining up for Public Safety. I'm not that good of a teacher...what I am is Pro-Public Safety...Pro-Chapel Hill High School,Pro-Student and Pro- JuJuan! I want all of you guys to know...I have learned so much about teaching in the year we have spent in NTI,. In closing, let me say...JuJuan, know.

Johnny Jackson said...

you might get that Doctorate and not want to leave the classroom.