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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 24, 2008

Thankful Teacher

Thankful Teacher

First, I am grateful to have had a long career in law enforcement and making it to retirement. I am thankful for finding a teaching position in my field of interest and education after my retirement. When I started teaching on August 3, 2006, I had some misgivings about teaching teenagers in high school. Having been a police officer, I was more conditioned in arresting or putting criminal juveniles in jail. Definitely, I was not keen on teaching teenagers the pros and cons of law enforcement. But, now after two full years and one semester, I have discovered that teaching has become rewarding in many ways. I know I have made a difference in most of my student’s lives. I have discovered that students respond to you according to the way you treat them. I treat the students with respect and they treat me the same way. I may be the teacher but I have learned much from my students as well. The majority of the time, my students and I find class time pleasant and enjoyable. Therefore, I’m truly thankful that my transition from law enforcement and becoming a teacher has gone so well.


Dr. M said...

Hi, Mark - very well said and I would add that you are now making a difference on the front end so that your partners in law enforcement may not have to take action on their end. Role models do make a difference - keep up the great work!

Teresa said...

Mark, I agree that we tend to learn as much from our students as our students learn from us. I also realize that they take in every aspect of what we do each day. They know immediately if I am unhappy or frustrated (except when it's related to them not turning in an assignment, they don't seem to get that)!!!! I also agree with the respect part and try hard to let them make some decisions in the classroom and take some ownership in their environment. Most teenagers really are great, but they can get a bad rap because of a few who make poor decisions. I'm glad some have teachers like you who believe in them and can give them the tools that they need to make a future for themselves.

Christina Hinz said...

Mark, I enjoyed reading your comment as I too can understand the transition is a unique one. Although I was not in Law Enforcement nearly as long as you, I too found it challenging in many ways to transform from "officer mentality" to "teacher mentality." I have only been teaching for a year and a semester and am still learning much of what works and what does not...but knowing that I can help students learn a lot about the law...more than some adults know makes me appreciate and enjoy my job.