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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

New blog Week 2

Hello again. I hope everyone is having a good week. In response to Dr. Burns' question regarding an event that has taken me by surprise good or bad this past week, I have to share something that occurred last week during my craziest class. My third period class is over 2 hours long due to lunches. We have the last lunch, of course. In addition to the length of the class, hunger and having 30 students, this class is also made up of mostly freshman and sophomores. Imagine all of that combined with a few "too cool for school" seniors and you can imagine what my day is like from 11:46 to 1:44 everyday.
I have been having some problems with alot of talking during my lecture part of the class. Some of the students were even getting up and sharing snacks during this time. I have to refocus this group about every five minutes or so, and sometimes I feel like I am a big babysitter instead of a "technical expert instructor." It was one of those days and the students kept talking and whispering and we were not accomplishing anything. I had about had it, so I started silently counting to ten over and over while just looking at the class. This went on with them continuing their talking for about 4 minutes. All of a sudden, out of the blue, my most reluctant Junior student stood up, told everyone to "Be Quiet" and "Quit being rude to Ms. Draper because she is trying to teach us something we don't already know. Remember the number one rule is respect."
Well, I could have died right there. This student is one that I have struggled with to keep on task, reminding him of assignments and encouraging him all year long. Sometimes he does his work, sometimes he just looks at me while I am talking to him with a smirk on his face. He has let me know he did not want to be in the Healthcare Science class and that he thinks "all of this health junk" is boring. For him to be the one to stand up and quiet the class was amazing, but the students reacted quickly and apologized and started to take notes when I went on with class like nothing had happened.
Later, I spoke with the student and asked him why he stood up in class like that when usually he showed no interest in what I had to say. He told me that "Ms. Draper, I may not like all of this health junk, but your class is alot more interesting than some of them and you are a cool teacher. You help me when I need it and you are good to all of us and I just thought you needed a hand today." That blew me away. I realized that sometimes, even in our most trying times, how we model ourselves in class really does make a difference to someone. That makes all of the hard work worth it!

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