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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?

Monday, November 10, 2008

Open Mic #2

I was assigned an SST/RTI student to mentor this year. This student is in my class for two periods of the day. He is a senior and is ahead academically. He only has two academic classes and the rest electives. Pretty sweet schedule I'd say. I collaborated with his teachers, filled out the paperwork, and prepared for our first meeting with his parents. When I called to introduce myself and schedule the first meeting, his mother didn't know what SST/RTI was and didn't think her child should be in the program. (Awesome!) I proceded to then go to the RTI coordinator and see if he should even be in the program because of his academic success. She looked up his schedule and grades and stated "I don't know why he was even on the master list, he seems to be doing fine." (Sweet!) What good news! I just got out of several hours of meetings and paperwork which lasts the rest of the school year... See guys, sometimes it does work out!


Dr. M said...

Hi, Brandon - that really was sweet, as you say, and good for you for your involvement as you improved school experiences for that student as well as yourself. Many times they do fall through the cracks but you caught this one and this should help you be on the lookout for future questionable situations.

Effective education is all about the teachers! Stay on the lookout!

By the way, what is SST/RTI? I think the initials have changed since I was in the classroom.

Ken Blackwell said...

I currently am mentoring 3 RTI's. Of which none are my students. The paperwork is not to bad, but contacting and scheduling everyone is a challenge. I have set up and finished all three with one being turned into SST. Although time consuming, I see the process as a good one. I felt that we should be given students we currently have. But in assigning another teacher we have no chance of one slipping through the cracks. We have to track and meet with the student once a week. Tracking grades is no longer a problem with Infinate Campus up and running. In the sessions I have learned more about the processes than I have learned in all the parent teacher conferences combined. It is another task to be done, but one worthy of our time. KenB