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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

Koser, Contacting Parents

My school policy is to contact parents if students have failing grades and if there are continued behavioral problems . The teacher is to contact the parent via email, phone call or schedule a parent/teacher conference. I had one student that was so disruptive in all of his classes, that there was a conference scheduled with all teachers and his parents. On the morning of the conference, the only ones that showed up were his teachers. The counselor put in a "conference call" to the dad with all of the teachers. This was different. The dad told us to do what we needed to do, because he had little success with cooperation either. The student eventually withdrew. I like that our school counselors are very active and interactive with both teachers and parents. Counselors document everything, and the teachers are supposed to document interaction. One varied idea that my school has incorporated has been very successful. The school has pre-printed nice looking postcards. Teachers can write positive comments or successes about a particular student, and the school mails them to the parents. I like this positive reinforcement, and it is a good reflection on the school. There are so many criticisms about some students today and it is voiced to their parents. This old fashioned thought of taking time to send a letter .... has been a great tool. It has done wonders for student and parent esteem and morale.

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