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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?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Josh - Second Week Posting

I have to say, that this year has made me really regret leaving the television industry. I was good at that. I knew that job. And I was comfortable.

While it has been a difficult experience overall, there are those moments that make teaching worth it. While working on a project, I had a student come up to me with that excitement in her voice that I remember experiencing with my high school teacher. She was so into the project that she started telling me how she wanted to do "this" when she went to college. She was passionate about making videos and she has been ever since. Every day she comes in ready to work and has even volunteered to help me with the little things that I thought I had all taken care of. She is an excellent group leader and has made that particular class period a more enjoyable experience for me, as well as her classmates.

Honestly, her excitement is spreading and that class is becoming my favorite. (I know we shouldn't have favorites, but there, I said it.)

To sum up... all it takes is seeing that "light" click on for one student and the rest seems worth it. It's at least worth trying. If you don't try, you'll never get to see that light click on.


AimeeMcD said...

I agree with you, it only takes that one student to keep you hanging on. Just when you feel like you are not making a difference, you touch a student's life. I am happy that you have that effect on your students. Congratulations!! :)

chappstick said...

As Aim says it is that one student that gives you a little more gas when you are sitting on empty almost. Josh just try to hang in there because at least once a week I sit and think "if I was still working at the tv station" but then I think about the fun that I have with my students most of the time and the job security. Tv station was always pressure packed and crazy hours. It will all come together, even when it does there will still be days that you want to leave... Man you are a great person and you know your stuff and you can motivate them

Dr. M said...

Josh - you will have many more experiences like this throughout your teaching career as you master different ways to reach and motivate your students . . . they are always watching you and needing motivation and attention so keep after it.