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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?

Saturday, September 27, 2008

What Surprised Me Most.

Hello Everyone, What surprised me most is how many personalaties there are in our students, and how one class can differ from another. I am constantly surprised by my students from one day to the next. One day talkative in class to model student. My classroom's may even change, though I had already thought I had that (personality) down. I find that it is not as easy to (label) our students as one might think. This one is model, this one could care less, etc. Our students are as complicated as we are, and should not be deminished by a one, two, three size fits all mold. Everyone has a purpose and ours is to try to mold. I hope I never loose my energy for this purpose, and never find myself judgemental to others. This has to be a calling or we would be crazy to do it. The hours spent are worth it if our resolve does not falter.


penny said...

Hey Ken.

Classroom personalities make the day interesting. I have 3 classes that are the same so I teach the same lessons. But, because each class has their own personality I have to teach each class differently. One may respond to more lecture type instruction where another class responds better to group discussion or demos. I really like this because it makes the day better and allows me to make notes for the future on how to teach the same lesson in a variety of methods.

Christina Hinz said...

Hello Ken.

I am also amazed by the variation in the way a class responds to an activity. It is based on the personality chemistry among the students. I could be doing the same lesson in all of my classes, but it will work differently in each of them. I am constantly trying to come up with ways to reach various learners. I have to remind myself all of the time that everyone is not like me, doesn't think like me, and doesn't learn like me. This helps me to create variation.

RS said...


Your blog was inspirational. I know you want lose your energy or become Judgemental.

The students evolving, growing and changing daily. Hopefully we can all provid a ray of light that will benefit our students as they grow and mature in their choices.

Wishing you the best

RS in Alpharetta

Vincent said...

I agree have been teaching for 3 years. Students have a wide variety of personality. It's amazing to me how three or four students can make your class periods good or bad the students can change the whole classroom personality, but you still have to enjoy the ride, eventually they fall in line to the overall class.