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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, January 19, 2009


THe two Lavoie videos have made quite an impact on me. Not only in how I view my special needs students, but also my typical peers and my own children. THe last video especially spoke to me. The explination of what is an adolescent was profound to me. It really made me stop and revisit situations from the past. This explination that adolescents spend 24 hours a day doing anything to keep from being embarrassed made incidents really make sense. As we have learned in NTI it is important to take the audience away from the misbehaving student. This student will do anything to take the embarassing attention away from them and put it onto the teacher. THey need to be in control. I also better understand the "no sarcasm" rule when dealing with teenagers. Sarcasm puts them in an embarrassing situation and they are likely to lash out. I truly enjoyed both videos.


Ken Blackwell said...

I agree completely. Without this insight I would have continued to make mistakes that might have turned into problems. I love his explanations and examples. Reading about disabilities does not necessarily bring true comprehension. I feel he has resolved many issues I only thought I understood.

Linda G said...

I agree with you Jayna regarding how the videos made an impact upon you (myself also). The last video really spoke to me as well. I also found myself revisiting the past and how I could have handled some situations differently. Sarcasm does not work even though some students may deliberately provoke you by using it. I find that students become defensive and disrespectful when confronted in front of their peers. I will always keep this in the back of my mind when dealing with behavior issues.

ConnieB said...

I also agree about staying away from sarcasm and seperating the student from the audience. You can never come out feeling good when you confront and discipline the student infront of the class. I have to be honest though. It is hard for me to do that. I still get caught in the heat of the moment. I hope with time and experience it will be easier and easier for me to remember the better way to handle these situations. Watching the videos, reading others comments, keeping this conversation going continues to help reinforce how important that behavior managment skill is. Thanks for the help.