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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

Brenda, Week 2

Last week was really a busy week with the HSGT writing assessment test and planning for the HOSA Fall Leadership Conference on September 25-27th. I had originally registered 14 students to attend the Fall Leadership Conference, two of which I sponsored because of their loyalty to HOSA and their determination to work in the health care industry. The other 12 were sponsored by their parents and several of the teachers in our school. I was really appreciative to the teachers for stepping in to assist with the cost of this affair for some of our students. My colleagues, like me, really go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure our students have positive life experiences and opportunities to help them improve their leadership skills and knowledge levels.

One of my student came to be at the last minute and expressed an interest in attending the HOSA Leadership Conference. The last minute was after the registration had closed and all late submissions would have a late fee attached. She stated up front that she did not have any money but she really wanted to go to Jekyll Island and that she had already found a couple of sponsors. I thought it would be really great for this student to come along on the trip because she is an extremely intelligent young lady with a great outlook on life. She has a 3.9 GPA and is very active in lots of school activities including being a SGA officer. In order for this student to go on the trip I had to put things into action shortly after the conversation in order for the trip to become a reality for her. I confirm the sponsorship with the teachers as stated by the student and felt reasonable safe to go ahead and make plans. I e-mailed the HOSA Headquarters and asked for an add on and the request was granted with a final cost for this student being $206.31 to include membership dues, HOSA shirt, registration, meal plan, late fees, and her share of the hotel room. I called the student's home on Saturday morning and spoke with her mother who was extremely happy that we could help her child go on the trip. The student was happy when I told her that the last minute add on was approved and the cost. I offered to
go ahead and send the registration and membership fees to expedite the registration. And so I mailed the check for $125.00.

On Monday afternoon the sponsoring teachers for this student asked me why she had not come for the money for the HOSA trip. I informed them that I was not certain of the reasons but I would find out and mostly because I needed to finalize the trip plans. When I finally located the student she told me she was not going and did not have a good explanation at this point. She did say the cost was too much for the teachers to pay and she did not want them to pay that much money for her. I reminded her of our conversation of Saturday morning and all she said was "I am sorry" but I don't want to go now. After school another student told me that the student had told them that the HOSA trip was going to be boring and they would not learn anything about leadership.

Needless to say at this point I was a little distressed. First, because I had lost $125.00 trying to help someone I thought would benefit from attending the leadership conference. Secondly, because I had given this student more credibility than what was being displayed. And third, I am questioning how I will respond the next time a student express an interest in attending the HOSA Conferences. I am not unhappy, jolted, or shook up about the money. I was mainly caught off guard by a good student whom I thought would have benefited from such a good opportunity to travel and enhance her leadership skills and qualities.


Georgette said...

Hi Brenda,
I, too, am surprised at this student who seems to be a "good" student. It's unfortunate that she wouldn't take advantage of the sponsorship and respect the fact that you had already sent the money off. If I were you, I wouldn't question all student motives for attending HOSA conferences in the future, just this student's motives.

Dr. M said...

Brenda - that is a tough lesson learned but I agree with Georgette about dealing with future students, just don't use your money!