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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, April 3, 2008

Needing some advice

Having never dealt with this before in this context, I need some advice. I just got off the phone with a friend who told me that one of my students died this morning. I have called and confirmed this with others so I know it's true. As far as the "legalities" and "appropriateness", do I go to the funeral? What will the school likely do (if anything)? I have lost family, friends, and patients. This is a first as I have never lost a student. Monday will definately be a different day when we return from spring break.

This student died as a result of a long-term heart condition.


Esther said...

I am so sorry that you lost one of your students. I think it would be appropriate to go to the funeral. Some of our teachers recently went to a funeral of a student who was killed in a car crash from a school they taught at last year. It is a way to show concern and respect.

Trevor said...

Sorry to hear of the lost of one of your students. About two years ago I lost a student and last year I lost a former student. Not only should you try to attend the funeral but the school should also send flowers. This will help to build a good relationship between you and the family and also between the family abd the school because of you showing concern for a member of their family.

TracyF said...

Julie I am so sorry. I know that has got to be terrible to go through. I have not experienced it but I know I love my kids and I would have a hard time dealing with it. I would not hesitate to go to the funeral. I went to a funeral last year of one of my daughter's friends. There were teachers there from their school and tha place was full of students. I think you would be a great support to the family and the other students.

Johnny Jackson said...

I'm sorry you've lost one of your students. Do what's right for you as far as attending the funeral but I make it a point of attending funerals and weddings if at all possible.

Dwayne Connors said...

It's a terrible thing. My daughter has lost 3 of her friends. 1 in high school and the other 2 after. By all means you should follow your heart and don't worry about anything else.

Steven Vinsant said...

By all means - attend the funeral. Our students need to see that we care for them as individuals. You being at the funeral be a source of support for the family of the student you lost as well as the friends of that student.