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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?

Friday, September 26, 2008

Sadly Surprised

There is a young lady that I taught in her freshman year. Though she is not in my class anymore I still see her in the hallways. She is very bright, I have met both of her parents in the past and it "seems" that she is in a good home, unlike so many of her peers. She speaks well, and frankly she is a very well rounded student. On Monday of this week, was the first time I really realized that she was pregnant (much to my surprise). She hid it very well. She is not my child, but I really have high hopes for her. I am really disappointed when I see someone with so much potential make this kind of a mistake. This is her last year with us as she is graduating and I hope that she has the full support of her family. She is having a child when she is still a child really makes it that much more difficult to pursue any of her career goals. I just hope that the obstacles she will face will not be overwhelming, because it will be difficult. My 2 cents.


Anonymous said...

I think if she has the support of her family as you stated and support from her teachers. She will succeed. This may have happened for some reason we can not put our finger on at the moment. If she is as smart as you says she is she will or has taken full responsibility for her actions. She is going to be a HS graduate and I assume a college grad.

Brenda said...

Your thoughts and comments about the young lady are all kind and uplifting. Young ladies make mistakes but those that are "bright and well rounded", those that leave such good impressions as the one you have of this young lady, will often go on to overcome. They usually achieve their goals while being a young mother setting new goals. There may be a "pause" in the her career path but with the qualities you have witnessed in this young lady, I think we can feel assured that she will pursue her dreams.