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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, September 28, 2008

Administrative Support

Well, my surprise happened Wednesday night at parent teacher conference. A parent attacked me verbally about lack of communication for the HOSA trip (her daughter did not tell her the whole truth about the room assignment nor did the mother read the paperwork that she signed). However, the women was very rude and I asked her to change her tone of speech or I would not talk to her about the issue. Of course, her tone did not change and I walked out of the room. Another parent overheard the interaction and walked with me to calm my nerves. She was very supportive and offered to talk with administration about what she had witnessed with the other parent. Next, I was called to the main office for my side of the story. To my surprise the administration team accepted what I said, told me not to worry, to have a great trip with the student in JI and that they would take care of the rest. I could have fell out of my chair! I was very please and happy to know that I was being supported in my actions. To have an administration team that support me is sooooooo nice and makes me want to do more for them, the students and the school.

PS, my trip to HOSA was a lot of fun and the student were great.


Erika Kitchens said...
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Erika Kitchens said...

It's great to see the support from your Admin Team. If you know ahead of time that there may be a conflict(s), never be afraid to have another teacher in the room during that parent/teacher conference. Even if that teacher is just a friend and not in your immediate department. I think you did the right thing asking the parent to communicate with you professionally or not at all. Everyone deserves respect both ways. Our former principal worked on that same method. If the parent doesn't straighten up, then the meeting doesn't continue - case closed.