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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, November 15, 2008

Contacting Parent Epiphany, Repost

I have this one student who is a constant disruption in class. I have contacted his mother several times via e-mail only. What surprises me is when she asked me what she should do about her child. I am a parent, but I think that to give her any advice about how to raise her child is beyond what I should be doing as teacher so I referred her to the school counselor. I was dumb founded by this question until I met her during a conference. She looked like she could have been the student’s sister. The clich├ęs “kids having kids” and “early parenthood” that I have heard before meant nothing to me until I met this woman. One thing about being a teacher is you get to see first hand a lot of society’s ills. It gets to a point sometimes that when I am contacting a parent, I hesitate fearing what I might find out! But it must be done because our school policy is to contact the parents at least once a month and make a note of it in a contact log. I rarely have any success with these calls, generally the student causes enough problems until they have to leave.

1 comment:

Dallas,J said...

I completely understand. That same situation happened to me, I was contacting this parent about her son who was being an everyday occurance. She was trying and then she told me she had eight kids and just didn't have time to deal with this type of problem at the moment I was blown away. I did the same and contacted the school councilor who in turn called and got aide and assistance for her. After which she attended meetings and became more active in her sons schooling. Maybe you might check into the same and see if the school system could contact some type of aide program to assist her and help. Some just need to time to grow up and become more responcible and mature but with all of the programs out there it makes that transistion eaiser.