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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, September 25, 2008

Proud Student

Okay so this may seem like small potatoes after reading some of your blogs, but this really helped me make it through a Wednesday. I have been teaching french braiding for the past two weeks. If you had ever tried to teach french braiding you would know how tedious and stressful this can be. I hear "Mrs. Durden" about a thousand times and have to stop and count to ten more times than I can remember. I have a particular student who seems to have ten thumbs and not much coordination. She had worked and worked trying to get the motions down for braiding and just couldn't seem to get it. I had helped her hand over hand numerous times and she just wasn't getting it. I tell you I dreamed about ways to help her "get it", was I not breaking it down enough? Was my "wording" not making it clear enough? Well, Tuesday night it came to me. My wording was not quite basic enough for her. So Wednesday when she came into class we gave it another shot (with my new wording) and sure enough it started to click. She was so excited we both yelled out and danced around a little. I think my class thought I had lost it. I couldn't have cared less, it was a hard earned moment and I was going to enjoy it. It made me forget about the thousand "Mrs. Durden's" and the aching back and fingers, this is what teaching is all about.


Dr. M said...

It really is what teaching is all about and good for you for racking your brain until you resolved the issue. Hope you have many more "Got it!" moments!

Gerald Cagle said...

You are right. Sometimes we assume that our students all understand the things that we are trying to get across. I always ask them to make sure that they understand. Sometimes students are a little reluctant and will not ask the teacher to repeat the information. However, after a while a teacher should be able to identify these students.

Joe Westbrook said...

Sounds like fun to me. My students this past week were excited also. They got to repair two teachers cars in an emergency situation. The teacher's cars broke down in our school parking lot and they had no real good way to get to and from work. I made the emergency lesson plan seem almost too real. They were so proud of the praise and thanks that they received from me, the teachers, and the Principal.