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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?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


I think I have a better respect for the issues that all adolescence deal with each day. Like many of you have mentioned, I can apply what I am learning in my classroom, but also with my own children. As for special needs, it's the recognition of their needs that is the hardest. Only when you become aware can you begin to make interventions for them. We all like to have a great day, but when Lavoie stated "what can I do for you to make your day go better", WOW! If I can maintain that mindset during each block that I teach, all of my students will benefit. I'm not saying make lessons easier, or modify for all students, but keep in mind each of the students unique needs as well as talents. I think this is where we, as career tech. teachers, have an advantage. At present we don't have to worry about EOCT, therefore we can have a bit more flexability in the time that we take on a particular lesson, or the way inwhich we teach it. We can also have our students up and about practicing and applying the knowledge that they learn. Lavoie made me realize that, in a small way, we are all special needs people. It's just about identifying what our special needs are, right???


Shellee said...

I agree, we all have special needs. I sometimes feel I have more than others at times! I liked what you wrote about remembering how we can help each student to have a better day or experience one day at a time. I also am glad we do not have EOCTs as of yet. I feel that not having EOCTs gives us a bit more flexibility to work more with those students who do need a little more guidance or who have different needs. I have to remember to also treat the students who are advanced with one on one guidance, because alot of the time, I feel closer to those who do have special needs or are a little more behaviorally challenged.

Amy M said...

Teresa, very well said. It's so easy to get caught up in our own drama each day, that we forget we're there to help the students get through their day. After having a miserable day today, and, eh hem, thereby making THEIR day miserable, I'm going to go back tomorrow with the attitude of "How can I make your day better." And stop worrying about why the DVI output on the computer isn't compatible with the DVI to VGA adapter that connects the computer to the converter box so I can display CG overlays on video that broadcasts to -- aw, forget it...

delores said...

I really liked your emphasis on individuality and the constant need to re-evaluate our methods. I also liked Shellee's point about remembering students who are advanced as well as those who require more assistance.